Remembering Henry David Thoreau and Civil Disobedience

“Today, July 12, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, known best for chronicling his experiment in simple and self-sufficient living in Walden. Less remembered, however, is that while living at Walden Pond, he gave an 1848 lecture on “Resistance to Civil Government”— since published as Civil Disobedience—which had much farther reaching effects. The book helped inspire the World War II resistance, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, those struggling against apartheid, and others. And it still has much to say today, if we will listen.”