Civil Obedience In Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience

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Register to read the introduction… In 1846 he performed an act of civil disobedience by choosing to go to jail rather than to support the Mexican War (1846-1848) by paying his poll tax. He clarified his position in perhaps his most famous essay, "Resistance to Civil Government" (also known by the title "Civil Disobedience") written in 1849. Thoreau asserted that the United States government lacked moral authority because it condoned slavery, and he saw the Mexican War (1846-1848) as an attempt to extend slavery to the western United States. Thoreau believed that publicly disobeying the laws of an unjust government would bring other people to oppose that government's actions. "Resistance to Civil Government" inspired leaders of 20th-century resistance movements, such as Indian nationalist leader Mohandas Gandhi and American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. That shows what an important role Thoreau played if he inspired two of the greatest leaders

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