Prior knowledge help you better understand “Civil Disobedience” because of knowledge of the Mexican-American War, knowledge of Thoreau’s transcendental beliefs, and knowledge of Thoreau’s response to the war.
knowledge of Thoreau’s transcendental beliefs
knowledge of Thoreau’s response to the war
When i read the writing about civil obedience, i automatically assume the point of view of the perpetrator.
Often time, there are two major factors why people conduct such things:
- Necessity (such as having to put bread on family's table)
- Or a rebellious phase (commonly done by adolescents)
Knowledge in human behavior helped me understand the reasons why the civil obedience happening in the first place
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In practice, the opponents to reform in Massachusetts are not the Southern politicians everyone blames for extreme conservativism. Rather, they are the people who passively tolerate the status quo: merchants and farmers in Massachusetts who are not will ing to fight for justice at any cost. Many argue that the majority of U.S. citizens would be unprepared for the societal changes that slavery would bring about. Thoreau responds to this by saying that we need only a few wise people to educate the majori ty and, thus, prepare them for these changes. There are thousands of people who oppose slavery and war with Mexico and yet do nothing, waiting for others to take action. It is this passive waiting that Thoreau condemns.