Letters and Politics

Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience & Why it Matters Today

Mitch Jeserich reads from Thoreau’s Essay Civil Disobedience.

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher. A leading transcendentalist, he is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay “Civil Disobedience” (originally published as “Resistance to Civil Government”), an argument in favor of citizen disobedience against an unjust state.


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