On the Duty of Civil Disobedience - Henry David Thoreau

On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

By Henry David Thoreau

  • Release Date: 2010-01-01
  • Genre: Philosophy


Civil Disobedience is an essay by Henry David Thoreau that was first published in 1849. It argues that people should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that people have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War.

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