Thoreau’s Resistance: Why Has Every Man A Conscience?

Date(s) - 11/15/17 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Waltham Public Library

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Jeffrey S. Cramer presents: Thoreau’s Resistance: “Why Has Every Man A Conscience?”

Henry David Thoreau’s arrest for non-payment of his poll tax in July 1846 is one of the most famous instances of individual resistance to government. His essay “Civil Disobedience” is the central text for all discussions that there are higher laws and moral principles to which every citizen of the world is obligated. In it he asks simply and directly, “Why has every man a conscience?”

Explore with Jeffrey S. Cramer, one of the world’s leading scholars as he talks about Thoreau’s ideas and why they are needed today more than ever.