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  • Thoreau Chastises The Government
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    In "Civil Disobedience", why does Thoreau refuse to pay his poll tax? In Thoreau's essay "Resistance to Civil Government", Henry David Thoreau outlines a utopian society in which each individual would be responsible for governing himself. His opposition to a centralized government is an effort to disassociate with the American government, which at the time was supporting slavery and unjustly invading Mexico. While the individual rule would work well for Thoreau who is a man of conscience, it doe...
  • 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...
  • Alone In The Woods
    620 words
    Lincoln has been credited as being a person that fought for equality between races, when he himself believed that African Americans were inferior, the image people give him is unreal, propaganda by the Radical Republicans in the reconstruction era. Many people have ideas that do not hold up when put to the test, or even their own reasoning. Henry David Thoreau's ideas and ideals do not hold up when compared to reality. Thoreau believed that if a man did less work, the better it would be for the ...
  • 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...
  • Franklins Interpretation Of The American Dream
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    The ideas of the American Dream are the cornerstones of many of Americas literary works. As far back as the Revolutionary War and as recently as today these ideas are still prevalent in everyday life. The American Dream is something different to everyone. It represents a broad spectrum of interpretation with the freedom to live a good life as the common factor. Obvious differences in the interpretation of The American Dream can be seen based on different philosophies. Benjamin Franklin was an en...
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    Henry David Thoreau, one of the biggest Transcendentalists of his time, was very outspoken on the idea of conformity. He believed and advocated the idea that people should not be involved with government, transportation, or activities that might give the possibility for people to conform. His ideas were based on the fact that if you conformed you were not able to experience life because you were experiencing life, as somebody else wanted you too. The government was one of the big things that Tho...
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    Henry David Thoreau was a teacher turned writer who was born in 1817 and raised in Concord, Massachusetts. In 1842, he moved in with Ralph Waldo Emerson, where he lived for two years. Thoreau became Emerson's close friend and devoted disciple. When Thoreau decided not to go back to teaching, and refused to pursue another career, he dedicated himself to testing the Transcendentalist philosophy through experience. Three ideas that Thoreau had in his life were: the government that governs least gov...

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