Progression of Transcendentalism

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  • For two years Thoreau lived at Walden pond for he wished to learn to live deliberately and wanted to learn what life had to teach him.
  • In this time, he wrote his essay "Civil Disobedience".
  • In it, he says that individuals should not allow governments to overrule their consciences thus allowing governments to make them agents of injustice.
  • Individuality
  • Thoreau also advocated transcendentalist ideas of reconnecting with nature, civil disobedience and the importance of individuality
  • Nature
  • Civil Disobediance
  • These thoughts acted as the platforms for future civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi
  • In the course of Thoreau's life, his writings on natural history and philosophy, books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry amount to more than 20 volumes
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