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The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail

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The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail is an exciting, poignant, accessible, and intellectually engrossing play in two acts, with several shifting and interpolated scenes from the real and imagined life of Henry David Thoreau (1817-62), the great nineteenth- century American author and poet-philosopher. The play is a dramatic representation of a vital moment in our history, in which the 29-year-old Thoreau?s ardent refusal to pay taxes?in protest to the United States government?s involvement in the Mexican War?landed him in prison in his home of Concord, Massachusetts. This famous act of civil disobedience?daring and unprecedented though it was? is merely the point of departure for Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee?s widely
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