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Civil Disobedience Civil disobedience is the refusal to obey civil laws This refusal is in the form of nonviolence People who use civil disobedience are usually protesting a law that they think is unjust Usually they are also willing to accept any penalty like imprisonment Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817 at Concord Massachusetts He was Educated at Harvard University During his early years Henry spent most of his time walking in the wilderness or talking with his mentor and friend Ralph Waldo Emerson In July of 1846 Henry needed his shoes which had holes in them repaired After the cobbler repaired the shoes Henry exited the store and was approached by Sam Staples the town constable Sam asked Henry to pay his poll tax Henry intentionally did not pay his taxes because the revenues were used to help finance the United States war with Mexico and supported the enforcement of slavery laws Since Henry refused to pay Sam Staples was required to take Henry to jail Henry spent the night in jail During that evening someone heard of Henrys problem and paid his taxes Most people think that Henrys Aunt paid the taxes but no one knows for sure When Henry found out that his tax had been paid he was outraged Henry argued that since he was not the one who paid the taxes he still deserved to be in jail The night he
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