Summary Of Henry David Thoreau's Essay Resistance To Civil Government

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Henry David Thoreau’s essay “Resistance to Civil Government” was published in the year 1849 succeeding a night spent in jail for not complying to pay his taxes. Thoreau’s purpose for writing the essay was to impel people to not support or accept the government's stance on situations if they disagreed with the government's position. In Thoreau’s case one of these issues was The Mexican-american war. His opposition to the war was one of the main ideas in Thoreau’s essay. He protested the government’s war the by not paying his taxes which landed him a night in jail. Thoreau believed that citizens had no obligation to obey a higher law if it went against their belief system. Thoreau encouraged others to do as he did and not pay the taxes to a government
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