Fun Facts Friday: Henry David Thoreau

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Henry David Thoreau (12 July, 1817 – 6 May, 1862) was an Amer­i­can writer and Tran­scen­den­tal­ist born in Con­cord, MA. Thoreau was also known for civil dis­obe­di­ence as well as an avid abolitionist.



Fun Facts Friday Henry David Thoreau
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  1. Thoreau started writ­ing poetry abut nature in the 1840s with his friend and men­tor, poet Ralph Waldo Emer­son.
  2. Thoreau’s father oper­ated a local pen­cil factory.
  3. Thoreau’s advo­cacy of civil dis­obe­di­ence against an unjust gov­ern­ment has report­edly influ­enced Mohan­das Gandhi and Mar­tin Luther King Jr.
  4. As a close observer of nature, Thoreau named him­self "inspec­tor of snow-storms and rain­storms."
  5. Thoreau went to Har­vard on a scholarship.
  6. After col­lege, Thoreau couldn’t find his place in soci­ety and spent his days won­der­ing around town observ­ing nature. The town folks gos­siped about the Har­vard grad­u­ate who takes nature walks instead of work­ing 12 hour days.
  7. Thoreau built a cabin on land owned by Emer­son, near Walden Pond. He lived there 1845–1846 and wrote his mas­ter­piece Walden.
  8. Thoreau befriended abo­li­tion­ist John Brown, who he viewed as a hero, and became his close friend and defender call­ing him “an angel of light" and "the bravest and human­est man in all the coun­try."
  9.  Thoreau spent a night in jail after refus­ing to pay poll tax.
  10.  Thoreau’s works are rel­e­vant today and sell well. He thought of as an early anar­chist as well as the "father of environmentalism."

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