In his a plea for captain john brown, he again emphasized individual responsibility to higher law, asking is it not possible that an individual may be right and a government wrong thoreau wrote harshly of reform and reformers. John brown and henry david thoreaunow i have done statement delivered on november 2, 1859 exerpt from a plea for captain john brown first printed in 1859 source for information on brown, john and henry david thoreau: terrorism reference library dictionary. A plea for captain john brown by henry david thoreau october 30, 1859 [read to the citizens of concord, mass, sunday evening, october 30, 1859] i trust that you will pardon me for being here i do not wish to force my thoughts upon you, but i feel forced myself little as i know of captain brown, i would fain do my part to correct the tone.
He became more involved with the abolitionist movement, and in 1859 delivered his fiery plea for captain john brown, wherein he praised the morality of brown's violent resistance to slavery and sternly denounced the federal government for sanctioning the institution of slavery.
By exploring thoreau's remarks on violence in three of his most famous works, walden, resistance to civil government, and a plea for captain john brown, this essay will show that he consistently rejected non-resistance, the pacifist philosophy embraced by many political reformers in his time. A plea for captain john brown, a essay by henry david thoreau. An analysis of a plea for captain john brown, an essay by henry david thoreau.
Civil disobedience, and other essays by henry david thoreau - a plea for captain john brown summary and analysis.