Conformism And Slavery In Henry David Thoreau's Walden

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Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden is about his time living alone in a small cabin located in the midst of forest in Massachusett. Thoreau’s work is part individual revelation of freedom, social analysis, and a manual for self-reliance. Throughout Walden, Thoreau expresses that life in the 1800s was becoming too commercial, complex, and fast paced and that people need to start resisting conformity and instead strive for individuality. During the time period that Walden was written America transformed from an immature country of agriculturists and frontiersmen into a urbanized monetary powerhouse while at the same time tensions between the north and south were brewing regarding slavery and economic interests that would eventually result in the…show more content…
In the vicinity of 1845 and 1853, the country extended its limits to incorporate Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. With each additional state added to the union a hostile debate would erupt over whether the new land would be a slave or free state and the implications this would have over the delicate balance of power in the national government.The Compromise of 1850 endeavored to settle this issue by conceding California as a free state yet permitting slavery in whatever is left of the Mexican cession. Additionally the Fugitive Slave Law was strengthened which exacerbated sectional strains between the north and south. This fragile state of disorder was in conjunction to drastic technological advances which transformed the landscape of America over the course of the 1800s. Lastly America was involved in both the war of 1812 and the Mexican American war during the pre civil war era of America. Due to all these factors I concur with Thoreau’s perspective of the complexity of Antebellum era in light of the fact that the principal half of the 1800s were among the most confused and disordered in the historical backdrop of the…show more content…
Additionally what Thoreau considered fast pace and commericalzed during the 1800s pales in comparison to the globilazed, technological place that is 21st centruy America. The viewpoints and ideas expressed throughout the essay will continue to priovide readers with a front row view to the Transcendentalist movement and the importance of simplicity in an increasingliny complicated global world that we live
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