Civil Disobedience (Thoreau)

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Civil Disobedience (Resistance to Civil Government) is a text by Henry David Thoreau. It was first published in 1849 and it says that people should not allow a government to ignore their wishes. It is a text that discusses nonviolent action.

On Civil Disobedience[change | change source]

In 1848, Thoreau gave lectures at the Concord Lyceum, which had the name "The Rights and Duties of the Individual in relation to Government".[1] This was the basis for his text which was first published under the title "Resistance to Civil Government" in 1849. He is often quoted as saying that the true place for a just man is in prison. He writes in Civil Disobedience, "Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also in prison."[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Thoreau, H. D. letter to R. W. Emerson 23 February 1848