who are the readers? what do they have in common with Thoreau?
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The readers are more educated so that they wouyld actually be reading. And yes, they are like Thoreau because they want to hear what he is saying. They are all citizens and would be interested in the participation of the people in a war they may not support. This is political writing and would interest those people who do not the government to participate in a "foreign" war in a very distant part of the country.