Civil Disobedience And Manifest Destiny? Essay

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Civil Disobedience and Manifest Destiny?

What is Civil Disobedience, exactly? Well in 1849, an American author by the name of Henry David Thoreau wrote an inspiring piece of literature stating the injustice and unruliness of the governments ways and how America was being run. In the essay that he wrote, he states “I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government,” (Thoreau). What he means is that he’s not asking for their not to be a government, but for there to be a better one. “After all, the practical reason, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest,” (Thoreau).
He is stating that if there were to be no government, then the power were to be on the people’s hands and the ones taking control aren’t the ones with the better conscious of doing good, but the people who are physically stronger than most because they will be hard to take down and stand up to if they were to choose wrong with all the power they have.
How those injustices influenced David Thoreau’s essay, was that what he stated was back in the time of the Romantic Era when the revolt against things against the law and order were present at the time, was how most people didn’t have the courage to stand up to the wrong that the government was causing. So as that was…

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