Originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government"
Thoreau, Henry David
Year Published: 1849
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX10899
An essay by Henry David Thoreau that was first published in 1849 which argues that people should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that people 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.