The Power of Print Essay examples

1494 Words Mar 3rd, 2013 6 Pages
Matthew Rongstad
Dr. Daniel Horner
ENGL 101
3 March 2013
The Power of Print Henry David Thoreau and James Baldwin were two talented writers with different writing styles who lived in very different periods of our U.S. history. Both of these writers had to completely different views about the world and lived during a time when the country was defining civil equality. Even though both of these writers were so different from one another they both were deeply affected by the social issues of their time. Henry Thoreau and James Baldwin were both criticized for their point of view on civil injustice, nevertheless both writers managed to influence some of the same important people in our history; who fought for the advancement of civil
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Henry enjoyed teaching so much that he opened Concord Academy Grammar School in 1838 with his brother John, but Henry stopped teaching when his brother died from tetanus from a cut while shaving. Henry also worked in his family's pencil factory for most of his adult life. He discovered a new process to make a good pencil out of inferior graphite by using clay as a binder. During this time Henry moved in with his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson for three years, who he met out of college.
Henry decided to concentrate more on his writing, taking the advice of a friend, he embarked on a two-year experiment in simple living. Henry lived around the shores of Walden Pond in a small self-built house owned by his friend Waldo Emerson. There he wrote “The Landlord”, “Harold to Freedom” and “Reform and the Reformers”. It was during this time that Henry was stopped by a tax collector to pay six years of delinquent poll taxes. Henry refused to pay the fines and spent a night in jail because of his opposition to the Mexican American war and slavery. This experience had a strong impact on Henry's life and led to his essay entitled: Resistance to civil Government (a.k.a. Civil Disobedience). During This time the country was moving farther westward and was going through radical changes in the United States; relationships with the native Indians were growing

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