26 May

Henry David Thoreau's 'Civil Disobedience' is one of the rare individual essays included on several of the "great books" lists. Its contemporary relevance is shown in this insightful cover article for a recent issue of the Nation: Thoreau's Radical Moment--and Ours (annoyingly retitled for its web version). However, the author argues that another essay, originally a speech, is superior to 'Civil Disobedience'.