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.
Combine your discussion with an in-person presentation by a living war tax resister, see our Speakers Bureau
- On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau (A.J. Muste Institute Pamphlet Series in kit)
- Death & Taxes DVD, a 30-min. 2010 award-winning video about war tax resisters carrying on Thoreau’s tradition in the United States today (produced by National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee)
- Study Guide questions challenging students to consider if Thoreau’s actions and words are still relevant
- Historic Civil Disobedience Actions A select list of 60 actions (and practitioners) since the time of Thoreau, with resources for further study
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Thoreau Study Guide and Kit
Thoreau still challenges us today:
“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.”