Civil Disobedience By Henry David Thoreau Essay

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Henry David Thoreau Civil disobedience had been the word assigned to the peaceful acts that people take to stand up against laws and regulations. One of history’s greatest inspirations of civil disobedience is Henry David Thoreau. His life has been marked within the pages of history, his acts have left an impression on the people around him and his words will continue to ring throughout the future. Thoreau was many titles during his life, a philosopher, a poet, an essayist, and a man who sparked inspiration in many great people(Henry, 10). Born on July 12, 1817, Thoreau began his life in Concord Massachusetts where he would live most of his life. Thoreau was an intelligent student who found himself studying at Harvard College, though he had to take a break due to illness (Henry, 4). Even with a small hiatus in his education, Thoreau graduated in the top of his class in 1837 (Schneider, 1). After Thoreau graduated, he had a difficult time trying to figure out what to do next (Henry, 4). Many men with his education would often go into law or religion, but Thoreau decided to go into education after getting his older brother, John, to help him (Henry, 4). However John fell ill and the school they had made had to close its doors (Henry, 4). Thoreau decide to go into the pencil factory his father owned, but that is when Ralph Waldo Emerson came to Thoreau and ask Thoreau to become the caretaker of his home (Henry, 6). Emerson introduced Thoreau to Transcendentalism which is…

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