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"Civil Disobedience" - Henry David Thoreau
Transcript of "Civil Disobedience" - Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
1849: Mexican-American War
Slavery still exists
"When the majority shall at length vote for the abolition of slavery... his own freedom by vote"
"Civil Disobedience" Rhetorical Analysis
Men of America
-slave owning men
-to abolish slavery
-reform and mend their broken government
-slavery is immoral
-if you are not doing anything against slavery, then in reality you are helping the cause
-evoke a sense of responsibility in people
-to get people to abolish slavery
Justice is universal and applicable to any situation no matter your social status.
-"If I have unjustly wrested a plank from a drowning man, I must restore it to him though I drown myself"
-"I quarrel not with far-off foes... and without whom the latter would be harmless"
-"All men recognize the right of revolution... when its tyranny and inefficiency are great and unendurable"
-"There are thousands who are
opposed to slavery and to the war... and say they do not know what to do, and do nothing..."
for the right
nothing for it."