Thoreau calls bullshit on the State Legislature:
"I have not read far in the statutes of this Commonwealth. It is not profitable reading. They do not always say what is true; and they do not always mean what they say."
from page two of Slavery in Massachusetts.
New online, fans of GLADHANDED GARDENING at WALDEN POND can read more about why the author spent a night in Concord Jail.
Many people think of Thoreau as a kind of weird proto hippie and don't realize his philosophy influenced a lot of politics.
He advocated concrete plans of action as well as hanging out in the woods.
He didn't simply want to quit society, or just criticize it or forget about it--he wanted to change it.
To get into the spirit, have a look at the text THOREAU'S FRIENDS TODAY which surprisingly comes from a conservative religious publication.
and the website on one of the most numerous diaspora in the world--
A VIRTUAL WALDEN? WHAT WOULD HENRY SAY?
HERES A PRELIMINARY READING LIST
- SEPTEMBER: CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
- OCTOBER: SLAVERY IN MASSACHUSETTS
- NOVEMBER: A PLEA FOR CAPTAIN JOHN BROWN AND RELATED ESSAYS; LOVE LETTERS TO WILD APPLES ( A THANKSGIVING SPECIAL)
- DECEMBER: LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE
Please take the Walden final and add this test to it to complete the material.
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