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  • Martin Luther King And Henry David Thoreau
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    Henry Thoreau's influence on Martin Luther King Jr. Henry David Thoreau was a great American writer, philosopher, and naturalist of the 1800's who's writings have influenced many famous leaders in the 20th century, as well as in his own lifetime. Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1817, where he was later educated at Harvard University. Thoreau was a transcendentalist writer, which means that he believed that intuition and the individual conscience "transcend" experience a...
  • Thoreau's And King's Writing
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    Majority Power vs. Justice When looking at the writings of Martin Luther King Jr. in, A Letter From a Birmingham Jail and Henry David Thoreau in Civil Disobedience, one finds that each man takes a somewhat different approach to delivering a message, but the messages are in fact similar, as both call for a drastic change to majority rule. Both men share the desire for universal justice and they feel majority rule prevents this, as too small of a number of individuals can make unjust laws that aff...
  • Thoreau Believes Society
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    Henry David Thoreau was an American writer who is remembered for his attacks on the social institutions he considered immoral and for his faith in the religious significance of nature. The essay Civil Disobedience is his most famous social protest. Thoreau believed that each person must be free to act according to his own idea of right and wrong, without government interference. Sharing some of the same political beliefs as Thoreau, Martin Luther King Jr. was also an American civil rights leader...
  • Thoreau And King
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    Throughout the history of the United States, there have been many times when citizens have felt the need to revolt against their government. .".. A little rebellion now and then is a good thing... It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government". Henry David Thoreau, a Transcendentalist from the mid-19th century and Martin Luther King Jr., the Civil Rights movement leader of a century later both believed in the necessity of medicine for government. Although they showed disagreement...
  • Martin Luther King Jr And Thoreau
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    Comparison: Civil Disobedience Any one can say that a law is unfair and unjust. However, who is really willing to accept the consequences for going against his law? Is breaking this law really worth the punishment? The government is the one to decide whether a law is reasonable, but what if a member of the public believes that a law is not? Should he rebel against this law? Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr. answered yes to this question and believed that one should speak out against...
  • Dr King And The Essay By Thoreau
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    Throughout American history, it is clear that many individuals have fought for justice in a society that has often denied it. We know this information from documents written by these individuals expressing their feelings on a certain subject. On the subject of human rights, two specific men have expanded their thoughts to make a difference. The very popular Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose main philosophy on civil disobedience revolved around nonviolence, wrote a Letter From Birmingham Jail to ...
  • Alludes To Thoreau's Ideas On Civil Disobedience
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    Civil disobedience, standing up for what you believe in, and willingly being able to suffer the consequences for that cause are ideas that both Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr. hold dearly and express persuasively in their respectable pieces, Civil Disobedience, and Letter From Birmingham Jail. Although the two stylistically coincide in many elements, the have their share of differences as well. The most evident of the differences is the contrasting persuasive methods used by each ...
  • Thoreau And King
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    There are times throughout the history of the United States when its citizens have felt the need to revolt against the government. There were such cases during the time of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Henry David Thoreau, when there was unfair discrimination against the Afro-American community and Americans refusing to pay poll taxes to support the Mexican War. They used civil disobedience to eventually get legislation to stop the injustice brought against them and their nation. Civil disobedi...
  • Thoreau's Teachings And Ideas Of Direct Action
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    Throughout the history of the United States, there have been many times when citizens have felt the need to revolt against their government. Such cases of revolt took place during the times of Martin Luther King Jr., and Henry David Thoreau. The reasons for these revolts included discrimination against the African-American community and Americans refusing to pay poll taxes to support the Mexican War. These two men used civil disobedience to change people's ideas and beliefs to stop the injustice...
  • King And Thoreau
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    "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and "Resistance to Civil Government" compassion. Aside from man fighting for freedom or beliefs, the question is whether one person can make a difference using words instead of wars. In "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and "Resistance to Civil Government" by Martin Luther King Jr. and Henry David Thoreau, it has been proved that words can work in society but in the right manner. Injustice is a very important thing to King and Thoreau when it comes to the people and the...

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