National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee

Thoreau and His Heirs

The History and the Legacy of Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience”
– Study Guide and Kit –


History doesn’t have to be, well, old. With this study kit, students will see how Thoreau’s actions and writings have inspired countless people around the world for more than 160 years, including individuals who today are refusing taxes and risking jail to protest war.




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$15 for one kit

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Thoreau's words still speak to us:

When I meet a government which says to me, ‘Your money or your life,’ why should I be in haste to give it my money?

If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood.

Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.