Analyze the purpose of the allusion Thoreau makes when referring to the "The peculiar Institution" in his argument civil disobeidence. What's the significance of this allusion how does it relate to Thoreaus overal point of the section when his mode is narrative and is talking about his experience in jail.
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Thoreau is referring to slavery. He points out that slavery was not unique to the American South, it existed all around the world.
"Talk about slavery! It is not the peculiar institution of the South. It exists wherever men are bought and sold, wherever a man allows himself to be made a mere thing or a tool, and surrenders his inalienable rights of reason and conscience. Indeed, this slavery is more complete than that which enslaves the body alone.”