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Concord in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Henry David Thoreau

 
 
Henry David Thoreau Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
1. Henry David Thoreau Marker
Inscription.  
Henry David Thoreau
was imprisoned for one night in a jail on this site, July, 1846 for refusing to recognize the right of the state to collect taxes from him in support of slavery – an episode made famous in his essay
“Civil Disobedience.”

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRArts, Letters, Music. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1846.
 
Location. 42° 27.632′ N, 71° 20.981′ W. Marker is in Concord, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Monument Square, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Concord MA 01742, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jethro’s Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); The Milldam (within shouting distance of this marker); Concord Massachusetts Spanish American War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Concord Massachusetts World War I Honor Roll (within shouting distance of this marker); Concord Massachusetts Civil War Memorial
Marker in Concord image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
2. Marker in Concord
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(within shouting distance of this marker); The Millpond (within shouting distance of this marker); First Town House (within shouting distance of this marker); Concord Massachusetts War Memorials (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Concord.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Thoreau, slavery and the Mexican-American War.
A close reading of "Civil Disobedience" shows that Thoreau was keenly aware of the potential for the new territory gained in the Mexican-American War to allow more places where slavery would be permitted. He was also against the Mexican War on general principles, saying "...and a whole country is unjustly overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected to military law, I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize. What makes this duty the more urgent is the fact that the country so overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading army."
    — Submitted April 10, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,000 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on April 10, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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