Civil Disobedience

"In March 1845, the United States acquired a new president, James K. Polk, a forceful, aggressive political outsider intent on strengthening his country and asserting its preeminence in front of other world powers... Polk was a popular president, admired by many for his gung-ho manner, but a sizeable minority of the citizenry disliked him intensely. One especially committed opponent was a writer from Massachusetts..." From Thoreau and Civil Disobedience, published by The School of Life

“If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.” From "Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
Inspired by the recent publication of Henry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls, we're going our own way this month with a celebration of "Civil Disobedience" as collectively found throughout the Library of America; "a national treasure," in Tony Kushner's words, "true to the protean, multi-vocal, democratic spirit of America itself." 

Scroll below for our booksellers' readings of the series and dis-engage with us (conscientiously, of course) on social media for Thoreauisms, reviews and more. Plus, purchase any volume in the Library of America and receive a free LOA tote, while supplies last.