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A Plea For Captain John Brown

Auhtor: Henry David Thoreau

Language: english
Published: 1859

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Review by Bob Tobias, March 2007


Rating: (*****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Plea For Captain John Brown':

Henry David Thoreau (born David Henry Thoreau July 12 1817 ? May 6 1862) was an American author poet abolitionist naturalist tax resister development critic surveyor historian philosopher and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings and his essay Civil Disobedience an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state. Thoreaus books articles essays journals and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history two sources of modern day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation personal experience pointed rhetoric symbolic meanings and historical lore while displaying a poetic sensibility philosophical austerity and Yankee love of practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements historical change and natural decay at the same time imploring one to abandon waste and illusion in order to discover lifes true essential needs. He was a lifelong abolitionist delivering lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law while praising the writings of Wendell Phillips and defending abolitionist John Brown. Thoreaus philosophy of civil disobedience influenced the political thoughts and actions of such later figures as Leo Tolstoy Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Thoreau is sometimes cited as an individualist anarchist. Gross David (ed. ) The Price of Freedom: Political Philosophy from Thoreaus Journals p. 8 ISBN 978-1-4348-0552-2 (The Thoreau of these journals distrusted doctrine and though it is accurate I think to call him an anarchist he was by no means doctrinaire in this either. ) Though Civil Disobedience seems to call for improving rather than abolishing government ? I ask for not at once no government but at once a better government ? the direction of this improvement aims at anarchism: That government is best which governs not at all and when men are prepared for it that will be the kind of government which they will have. Richard Drinnon partly blames Thoreau for the ambiguity noting that Thoreaus sly satire his liking for wide margins for his writing and his fondness for paradox provided ammunition for widely divergent interpretations of Civil Disobedience. He further points out that although Thoreau writes that he only wants at once a better government that does not rule out the possibility that a little later he might favor no government.

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... a soldier for he was often present at the councils of the officers. Especially, he learned by experience how armies are supplied and maintained in ...
... wool-growing, and he went to Europe as an agent about that business. There, as everywhere, he had his eyes about him, and made many original observations. ...
... taken many degrees, he finally commenced the public practice of Humanity in Kansas, as you all know. Such were his humanities and not any study of grammar. ...
... anything, but spoke within bounds. I remember, particularly, how, in his speech here, he referred to what his family had suffered in Kansas, without ...
... Mr. Vallandigham, is compelled to say, that it was among the best planned executed conspiracies that ever failed.. Not to mention his other ...
... to a town throughout the North who think much as the present speaker does about him and his enterprise. I do not hesitate to say that they are an important ...
... open the district schools with the reading of it, for there is nothing about Slavery or the Church in it unless it occurs to the reader that some pastors ...
... but he does not wish to hear of any new-fangled ones he doesn't wish to have any supplementary articles added to the contract, to fit it to the present ...
... out there. It is the difference of constitution, of intelligence, and faith, and not streams and mountains, that make the true and impassable ...
... their sentences ready for the morning edition, and accustomed to look at everything by the twilight of politics, express no admiration, nor true sorrow ...
... a small crew of slaveholders, countenanced by a large body of passengers, is smothering four millions under the hatches, and yet the politician ...
... and one son-in-law, and several more men besides,-as many at least as twelve disciples,-all struck with insanity at once while the same tyrant holds ...
... of him than any Northern editor, or politician, or public personage, that I chance to have heard from. I know that you can afford to hear him again on ...
... his men with the utmost composure, encouraging them to be firm, and to sell their lives as dear as they could. Of the three white prisoners, Brown, ...
... that there is a society in this State that out of its own purse and magnanimity saves all the fugitive slaves that run to us, and protects our colored ...
... to turn a penny by following the coopering business. And what kind of spirit is their barrel made to hold. They speculate in stocks, and bore holes in ...
... sense we've wholly forgotten how to die. But be sure you do die nevertheless. Do your work, and finish it. If you know how to begin, you will ...
... because you descend to meet the judge on his own ground, and, in cases of the highest importance, it is of no consequence whether a man breaks a human ...
... can render to God.. I pity the poor in bondage that have none to help them that is why I am here not to gratify any personal animosity, revenge, ...
... each time it resonates in a different way. Thoreau's finest!Hendrik Conscience : Eene GekkenwereldHenri Hendrik Conscience (December 3, 1812 Antwerp ...