'Civil Disobedience' By Henry David Thoreau

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“Civil Disobedience” Henry David Thoreau ENG 111 OE- Susan Booth Courtney Wood “Civil Disobedience” by Henry Thoreau discusses the importance of the individual rights while under a powerful and ruling government. He shows criticism toward American Social Institutions and policies, mostly criticizing slavery and the Mexican-American War. In the beginning of his essay, Henry Thoreau states that he believes the government rarely shows itself useful and only obtains its power from majority vote because they are the “strongest” group, not necessarily because their vote is correct. He goes on to say the peoples first obligations are to do what they think may be right and not to follow the ruling of the majority of the people. When governments

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