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A Plea for Captain John Brown Read to the citizens of Concord, Massachusetts on Sunday evening, October thirtieth, eighteen fifty-nine Kindle Edition
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Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, and philosopher, who is best known for his works Waldena treatise about living in concert with the natural worldand Civil Disobedience, in which he espoused the need to morally resist the actions of an unjust state. Thoreau s work heavily reflects the ideologies of the American transcendentalists, and he has long been considered a leading figure in the movement along with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, and, at first, Nathaniel Hawthorne (who changed his views later in life). In addition to his writing, which totaled more than twenty volumes, Thoreau was an active abolitionist, and lectured regularly against the Fugitive Slave Law. Thoreau died in 1862, and is buried along with Louisa May Alcott, Ellery Channing, and other notable Americans in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.
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A clarion call for action based on moral courage. As valid today as in 1859.31 December 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
Thoreau spoke on the public stage when most people were afraid to address an extremely devisive issue. Most people chose to accept the status quo they knew was wrong. With the majority frozen with inaction Thoreau made clear the propriety of those who chose to act in order to right the wrong. This reissue is succint in principle but Thoreau uses his mastery of words to thoroughly make his point.
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Ok, it's history2 September 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
But it's scattered, speculative history. Better to read things like John Brown's speech from his trial. It's also extremely critical of the politicos and the fourth estate. From a LITERARY point of view, well...just give this one a miss.
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Miles James Smith IV
Thoreau' s martyr26 January 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
This fascinating treatment of John Brown provides a clear look at abolitionist thinking in 1859. Thoreau borders on the blasphemous in his description of Brown. Still, an all together fascinating little apology.
Four Stars8 April 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Somewhat obscure and short Thoreau work about, yes, THAT John Brown. This free Kindle version is perfectly readable.
There is more to Thoreau than the "passive resistance" label ...20 December 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
There is more to Thoreau than the "passive resistance" label that is often affixed to him; his more radical side can be seen in this passionate defense of John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, and also in "Slavery in Massachusetts" and "Life without Principle."
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