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Thoreau's cove, Lake Walden, Concord, Mass
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Henry David Thoreau Was Born
July 12, 1817

One of the things that Thoreau did was write a series of essays about his experiences, published in the book Walden, or, Life in the Woods. He also spent a night in jail for refusing to pay his voting tax. Thoreau withheld the tax as a protest against slavery and the war with Mexico, which he did not support. He wrote "Civil Disobedience" to explain his reasons. "Under a government which imprisons any unjustly," he argued, "the true place for a just man is also a prison." Thoreau, however, did more than just protest slavery by going to jail. What else do you think he did?
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