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Henry David Thoreau free pdf "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience," written by legendary author and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, is widely considered to be one of the top essays of all time. This great classic, which argues that people should not permit governments to over-rule will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" is required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic literature, this text by Henry David Thoreau is highly recommended. Originally published in 1849 as "Resistance to Civil Government," "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" was written to advocate public resistance to the laws and acts of government that Henry David Thoreau considered to be unjust. The practical application of "Civil Disobedience" was largely ignored until the twentieth century when, at different times, Modanda Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and anti-Vietnam War activists applied Thoreau's principles.

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Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an American author, poet, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state. Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore- while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and "Yankee" love of practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay- at the same time imploring one to abandon waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs. He was a lifelong abolitionist, delivering lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law while praising the writings of Wendell Phillips and defending abolitionist John Brown. Thoreau's philosophy of civil disobedience influenced the political thoughts and actions of such later figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Thoreau is sometimes cited as an individualist anarchist. Though Civil Disobedience calls for improving rather than abolishing government - "I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government" - the direction of this improvement aims at anarchism: "'That government is best which governs not at all-' and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have."

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Author : Henry David Thoreau
Publisher : Createspace
Data Published : 11 June 2010
ISBN : 1453627553
EAN : 9781453627556
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 36 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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