Thoreau, Emerson and the Civil Rights Movement
An analysis of the ideas and practices of Thoreau and Emerson in the context of the social protest of Martin Luther King, Jr.
# 134488 | 1,000 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 |
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in African-American Studies (Historical Figures) , African-American Studies (Civil Rights) , Philosophy (General)
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The paper discusses how the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was, arguably, the most important domestic social movement of the twentieth century. The paper argues that, by pursuing civil disobedience, the Civil Rights Movement captured the essence of Henry David Thoreau's understanding of the concept. The paper further asserts that by speaking the truth about the American condition, and by embracing a non-conformist approach designed to uproot institutionalized bigotry in the United States, the Civil Rights Movement echoed some of the principles laid down by Ralph Waldo Emerson in his famous essay, "Self-Reliance". The paper describes the ideas of Thoreau and Emerson, the Civil Rights Movement, and how the Civil Rights Movement successfully adopted the ideas of these two American philosophers. The paper shows how the movement benefited greatly from following the intellectual example of Henry David Thoreau and from following the demand of Emerson that people act as non-conformists in the pursuit of a great cause.
From the Paper:"The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was, arguably, the most important domestic social movement of the twentieth century; at the very least, it was the most important social phenomenon to grip America since the close of the Civil War. Under the skillful leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., the movement became famous for civil disobedience or the non-violent resistance to laws that perpetuated racial inequality and segregation. Civil rights activists, with the blessing of Dr. King, organized peaceful demonstrations, boycotts, voter-registration drives,..."
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