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On the duty of civil disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau

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On the duty of civil disobedience
Title
On the duty of civil disobedience
Statement of responsibility
by Henry David Thoreau
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (1849) is an essay by the American transcendentalist writer and poet Henry David Thoreau in which he insists that rebelling against a government is a duty whenever such a government starts taking decisions against the will of the people. Thoreau justifies his radical stance by the fact that elected governments are not always legitimate or fair decision-makers. For him, this is mainly exemplified in the way his contemporary government of the United States, being elected and legitimate, legalizes and encourages slave-trade and levies taxes to finance the illegitimate war with Mexico. If democracy means the rule of the majority, the latter is not necessarily always right or wiser than the minority. A government, for Thoreau, is corrupt by nature and must be revolted against as soon as signs of this corruption become visible. Besides, the essay does not just put the blame only on the government and its supporters, but more importantly on those who are convinced of its corruption and remain aloof. The people, according to Thoreau, should not just remain passive waiting for the next elections because to hope for justice and real reformation through voting is completely ineffective. Justice must be imposed and not just voted for. If people live under an obviously unjust law, they must fight to change it and not simply wait for election to do so
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Resistance to civil government
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1817-1862
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Thoreau, Henry David
Dewey number
818/.303
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3048
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Thoreau, Henry David
  • Walden Woods (Mass.)
  • Wilderness areas
  • Natural history
  • Authors, American
  • Solitude
  • Civil disobedience
  • Thoreau, Henry David
  • Authors, American
  • Civil disobedience
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  • Manners and customs
  • Natural history
  • Solitude
  • Wilderness areas
  • Massachusetts
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
Label
On the duty of civil disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau
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Note
"1849, original title: Resistance to civil government."
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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Control code
862147340
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1 online resource
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9781780007182
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computer
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rdamedia
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Publisher number
MWT11388159
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Specific material designation
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(OCoLC)862147340
Label
On the duty of civil disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau
Publication
Note
"1849, original title: Resistance to civil government."
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
862147340
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781780007182
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
ec24b847-0faa-42da-add7-0e9ac1649fcd
Publisher number
MWT11388159
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)862147340

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