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  • Martin Luther King Jr Henry David Thoreau
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    In the year 2000, one can go to most any high school football game and observe a ritual that is becoming more and more widespread and symbolic in meaning to its participants. Before the football game begins, the Star Spangled Banner is played and sung, the flag is raised, and each schools band plays their Alma Mater. But where in years past there would have been a stadium-wide prayer for the safety and happiness of players, students, and fans, there is naught but silence. During the few moments ...
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  • Unjust Laws Jacques Rousseau
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    It is not possible that an individual may be right and a government wrong? Are laws to be enforced simply because they were made or declared by any number of men to be good, if they are not good... What kind of laws for free men can you expect from that? ... Christ was crucified... Captain Brown was hung. These are two ends of a chain, which is not missing its links. What is this link in the chain of lifes history? It is discontent with unjust laws - cruel and unjust laws enforced by no less cru...
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  • Unjust Laws Thurgood Marshall
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    ... he Ten Commandments and the teaching of Jesus held men in bondage as chattel. Great men arose in the defense of the slaves, John Brown being on of them. The United States of America was formed on the principles of separation of power and liberty and equality. Yet the white Christians only meant liberty and equality for the whites. During the American Revolution, Thomas Paine said, Give me liberty or give me death. He was applauded and deemed a hero; yet when the Black chattels or an abolitio...
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  • Martin Luther King Jr Civil Disobedience
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    There are times throughout the history of the United States when its citizens have felt the need to revolt against the government. There were such cases during the time of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Henry David Thoreau, when there was unfair discrimination against the Afro-American community and Americans refusing to pay poll taxes to support the Mexican War. They used civil disobedience to eventually get legislation to stop the injustice brought against them and their nation. Civil disobedi...
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  • Civil Disobedience Civil Law
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    A literary and philosophical movement called transcendentalism developed in the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century. This movement is a reaction to certain eighteenth century rationalist doctrines and involves the rejection of strict Puritan religious attitudes. (Parrington 375). Transcendentalism is strongly influenced by Deism and opposes the strict ritualistic and dogmatic theology of all established religious institutions. (Parrington 375). Transcendentalists of this pe...
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  • Philosophy Analysis Of The Apology By Socrates
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    In The Apology, Socrates talks positively about an instance in which he committed an act of civil disobedience, but in The Crito he argues that civil disobedience is not an acceptable option. These two claims are irreconcilable. Although Socrates claims that civil disobedience is never alright, he insists he would practice philosophy even if it were against Athens law. Although Socrates gives himself an out when he says that one must either accept the law or argue that its unjust, I do not think...
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  • Non Violent Civil Disobedience
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    Non violent civil disobedience is the most powerful way to avoid violence while fighting for some major goal. Back in 1957 's Congress made a decision to apply the constitutional rights of equality to the black population of USA. At that time the US had a lot of segregation and racism. Black and white population of USA were separated. The relationship between the two races was combative. One of aspects of difference was the education that children were receiving in black schools. It was much wor...
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  • Henry David Thoreau Civil Disobedience
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    A Summary of "Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts, USA. He lived in the same town for most of his short life until he died in 1862 (he was just 45 years old). Thoreau entered Harvard College when he was just sixteen years old. He graduated in 1837 and was immediately employed in Concord as schoolteacher. A job he only held for two weeks after being dismissed for refusing to beat his students. He traveled to Maine but...
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  • The Philosophy Of Nonviolent Protest
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    The Philosophy of Nonviolent Protest In this report we are going to talk about the issues related to the philosophy of nonviolent protest using several examples of world literature and film such as H. D. Thoreau's essay Civil Disobedience, Bearing the Cross by Martin Luther King, Gandhi, 1982 video and The fight in the Fields- Cesar Chavez video 1996. Nonviolent protest is a way of disagreement with official and governmental decisions or other ways of conduct by not offending it in a military li...
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Thoreau Believed
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    Transcendentalism Today Transcendentalism is a philosophy that declares the primacy of the spiritual and transcendental over the material and hypothetical beliefs. It focuses on non-conformity, optimism and passive civil disobedience. Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson were models of these ideas. They focused on the fact that you should do something because it feels right to you not because its what everyone else is doing. Emerson believed that optimism exercised with confidence if the ...
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  • Martin Luther King Jr Civil Disobedience
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    Throughout the history of the United States, there have been many times when citizens have felt the need to revolt against their government. Such cases of revolt took place during the times of Martin Luther King Jr. , and Henry David Thoreau. The reasons for these revolts included discrimination against the African-American community and Americans refusing to pay poll taxes to support the Mexican War. These two men used civil disobedience to change peoples ideas and beliefs to stop the injustice...
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  • Martin Luther King Jr Henry David Thoreau
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    Throughout American history, it is clear that many individuals have fought for justice in a society that has often denied it. We know this information from documents written by these individuals expressing their feelings on a certain subject. On the subject of human rights, two specific men have expanded their thoughts to make a difference. The very popular Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , whose main philosophy on civil disobedience revolved around nonviolence, wrote a? Letter From Birmingham Jail? ...
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  • Henry David Thoreau Thrown In Jail
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    We are all taught to fight for what we believe in, stick to our goals, make a difference in the world and listen to our conscience. We are also told that we have freedom of speech, however, it seems that is the only bit of freedom we do have. We are not allowed to act on what we believe in, or what we feel is right because the government has control over us. They make the laws that they feel make the world a better place to be, yet are ignoring are own personal pleas. We all have different views...
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  • Civil Disobedience Man
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    Philosophers, historians, authors, and politicians have spent centuries pondering the relationship between citizens and their government. It is a question that has as many considerations as there are forms of government and it is rarely answered satisfactorily. A relatively modern theorist, author Henry Thoreau, introduced an idea of man as an individual, rather than a subject, by thoroughly describing the way a citizen should live many of his works. He indirectly supplements the arguments he pr...
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  • Mohandas Gandhi Civil Disobedience
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    Civil disobedience and passive resistance was morally superior to all other types of resistance to unjust laws. The philosophy of Mohandas Gandhi did not incite violence and was the safest and best way to resolve and abolish unjust laws. An example of this can be found in the incident at the Dharassana Salt Works, a British factory. The aspects of his philosophy were all peaceful and did not incite violence. The aspects were civil disobedience, live simply and serve others. The most important of...
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  • Civil Disobedience Earth First
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    heres been some talk on this list lately about how we should distance environmentalism from the Unabomber, and foil attempts by the media to unite the two. Shouldnt we also look inward, and see if in any way a love of ature does or can lead to antipathy to humans? he relationship between environmentalism and violence had been on my mind prior to Ted Kaczynski's arrest, because I had been reading Mind Hunter, John Douglass memoir of his career heading the Fbi's serial crimes unit. In passing, Dou...
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  • Henry David Thoreau Literary Criticism
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    Henry David Thoreau harbored many anarchist thoughts toward the American government of the decades before the Civil War, which he collected and wrote about in the essay, Civil Disobedience, which, in fact was originally called Resistance to Civil Government, giving the essay a powerful message that would not only reflect Thoreau's own views toward the Mexican war, but also give the essay a powerful anti-slavery message, as well as affect the whole idea of Civil Rights, as well as shape the leade...
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  • Henry David Thoreau Writing This Book
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    Henry David Thoreau was a man who expressed his beliefs of society, government, and mankind while living under his own self-criticism. Thoreau believed he had many weaknesses which made him a failure. This strong disapproval of himself contrasted with his powerful words and strong actions. These contradictions led to some of Thoreau's greatest pieces of literature. Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts on July 12, 1817, in his grandmothers house. Thoreau believed that Concord wa...
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  • Law Of God Civil Disobedience
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    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed civil disobedience, when enacted for the correct reasons, was a useful tool to fight unjust laws. Dr. King gives guidelines and criteria for deciding if a law is just or unjust. The guidelines that I will discuss were created by Dr. King to help him decide whether a law is just or unjust and to then justify his reasoning against objections. If Dr. King, through his guidelines, found a law to be just, he believed that a display of civil disobedience against th...
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  • Civil Rights Movement Civil Disobedience
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    The progress toward equal rights for blacks in the U. S. has been going on for over two hundred years. Since the first colonists settled in the Americas, slaves were a common piece of property. This identity as property was reinforced when the United States Constitution counted slaves as 3 / 5 of a human. After the civil war, a series of laws and the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth amendments tried to set all citizens on the same level. Unfortunately, as a result of Please v. Ferguson, Jim ...
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