Civil Disobedience And The World 's History Essay

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“Civil disobedience has an honorable history, and when the urgency and moral clarity cross a certain threshold, then I think that civil disobedience is quite understandable, and it has a role to play.” –Al Gore Applying civil disobedience has altered the very foundation of American democracy and shined as an example for peaceful protest in a way of respect and cordiality (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2014). Henry Thoreau was the most influential civil disobedient in the world’s history, not only for his specific acts of disobedience but his lasting impacts on giants of civil change, such as: Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. A movement hinges on the principles of its creator, this idea reigns true when discussing the acts of civil disobedience practiced by Henry Thoreau. With this outrage and staunch disapproval of governmental actions his refusal to pay his poll tax, started an ideological revolution that impacts society and their government to this day. “Some critics now consider Thoreau 's Journal his most innovative and exciting work” (Schneider, 2015). The very fact that he was forced to promote actions and practices that he detested led to his imprisonment, yet this only emboldened his actions. Understanding that Henry Thoreau not only refused taxes but also hid slaves and help them to freedom, though it was directly against current laws, only proves his will and confidence in his principles (Unitarian Universalist Association, 2012). Thoreau’s…

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