Henry David Thoreau

Dontae Mosley


The years 1800-1870 had a lot lof political and social events that took place. These years also had a lot of great authors. These authors wrote poems, essays, and short stories. The years 1800-1870 were the building blocks of america or the stepping stones. A lot things happend in this time period.



Abraham Lincoln Becomes President of the United States.


The state of Massachusetts passes a law that limits children under 12, who worked in factories, to a ten-hour day.

Social Events

American farmers grow over 84,000,000 bushels of wheat.


80,000 people rush to California after gold is discovered.

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)one of America's most famous writers, Henry David Thoreau is remembered for his philosophical and naturalist writings. He was born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, along with his older siblings John and Helen and younger sister Sophia. His father operated a local pencil factory, and his mother rented out parts of the family's home to boarders.

Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Resistance to Civil Government (also known as Civil Disobedience), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.

An essay is a short piece of writing on a particular subject. The audience of the essay by Thoreau was the citizens of America. He was not against government he was pro government. Meaning that he wanted to make improvements. This essay was very important because he went against slavery and the government at the time.

Resistance to Civil Government (Civil Disobedience) is an essay by American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau that was first published in 1849. In it, Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican–American War.

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1. Who became president in 1860?

2. What was the name of Henry's essay?

3. What motivated Henry to write this essay?

4. Who is the Audience of the essay?

5. When was the essay published?

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