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Topics: Henry David Thoreau; Mohandas K. Gandhi, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody; Lydia Maria Child; American government; political dissent; civil rights; non-resistance; civil disobedience; slavery; Mexican War; Massachusetts history; Concord, Massachusetts

Henry David Thoreau, "Resistance to Civil Government" (1847) 


Elizabeth Palmer Peabody

Elizabeth Peabody described by Lilian Whiting, Boston Days

Lilian Whiting, Boston Days: The City of Beautiful Ideals (Boston; Little Brown & Co., 1902) 86.

Christian Non-Resistance, by Adin Ballou

Lydia Maria Child, "On the Duty of Disobedience," 1860 

Report of the Civil Disobedience Enquiry Committee, 1922 

Google: Timeline results for "civil disobedience, Gandhi, 1840-2009.

Civil Rights Arrest, Alabama 1963

Henry David Thoreau, "Resistance to Civil Government: A Lecture delivered in 1847," Elizabeth Peabody, editor, The Aesthetic Papers (Boston: The Editor, 1849; New York: G.P. Putnam, 1849).  (Internet Archive)

Henry David Thoreau, "Civil Disobedience," A Yankee in Canada, with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers (Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1866).  (Thoreau Reader)

The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Davidson Library, University of California Santa Barbara.

About Thoreau, The Thoreau Society.

Robert Gross, "Quiet War with the State: Henry David Thoreau and Civil Disobedience," Yale Review 91 (October 2005): 1-17.

Charles Sumner, "On Slavery and the Mexican War," a speech delivered at a public meeting in the Tremont Temple, November 5, 1846, The Works of Charles Sumner (Boston: Lee & Shepherd, 1875), 333-351. (Google Books)

Thomas Corwin, "On the Mexican War," speech to the United States Senate, February 11, 1847, Masterpieces of Eloquence: Famous Orations of Great World Leaders from Early Greece to the Present Time, edited by Mayo Williamson Hazeltine (New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1905). (Google Books)

U.S.- Mexican War, PBS.   U.S. - Mexican War, Descendants of Mexican War Veterans.

Robert Rantoul, "Negro Slavery in Massachusetts, portions of a paper read at the Beverly Lyceum, 1833" (Salem: Essex Institute, 1887), Memorial Hall Museum Online.

Charles Lowell, Report of the Committee on Slavery, to the Convention of Congregational Ministers of Massachusetts. Presented May 30, 1849 (T.R. Marvin: Boston, 1849). (Google Books)

Henry David Thoreau, "Slavery in Massachusetts," A Yankee in Canada, with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers (Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1866). (Google Books)

William Lloyd Garrison, "John Brown and the Principle of Non-Resistance" (1859),

"The Massachusetts Constitution, Judicial Review and Slavery," Supreme Judicial Court,

Literary Notices: The New Englander People's Review, 1850

"Civil Disobedience," Dictionary of the History of Ideas, University of Virginia.

"Civil Disobedience," The Psychology Wiki at Wikia Education.

Peter Suber, "Civil Disobedience," Christopher B. Gray (ed.), Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopedia, Garland Pub. Co, 1999,110-113. "Your complete civil disobedience resource"

Martin Luther King, "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (1963), Stanford University.

Echoing Thoreau in the 1960's, Multimedia Thoreau, UMass Lowell/Thoreau Society.

African-American Odyssey: The Civil Rights Era, Part One: Sit-Ins, Freedom Rides, and Demonstrations, Library of Congress.

Freedom Singers, "Fighting For My Rights," Newport Broadside, 1963 (Vanguard Records, 1991). (excerpt .mp3)

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