Letters and Politics

The Life & Works of Henry David Thoreau


This year marks the 200th birthday of American writer and conservationist Henry David Thoreau.  Mitch Jeserich speaks to Laura Dassow Walls, author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life, about Thoreau’s work on Civil Disobedience and his seemingly contradicting support of John Brown’s violent raid on Harper’s Ferry, and witnessing the oncoming Industrial Age.


Guest: Laura Dassow Walls, Willliam P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science at Notre Dame University and author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life.

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