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Civil Disobedience Study Guide

by Henry David Thoreau

Civil Disobedience study guide contains a biography of Henry David Thoreau, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

Thoreau opens his essay with the motto "That government is best which governs least." His distrust of government stems from the tendency of the latter to be "perverted and abused" before the people can actually express their will through it. A case in point is the Mexican war (1846-1848, which extended slavery into new US territories), orchestrated by a small √©lite of individuals who have manipulated government to their advantage against popular will. Government inherently lends itself to oppressive and corrupt uses since it enables a few men to impose their moral will on the majority and to profit economically from their own position of authority. Thoreau views government as a fundamental hindrance to the creative enterprise of the people…

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What are some examples of Thoreau's aphorisms, specifically in paragraphs 9-10 and 20-22

Paragraph 9 starts with "Paley, a common authority with many on moral questions..." and paragraph 20 starts with "I do not hesitate to say, that those who call themselves abolitionists..."

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