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Emphatically revisionist, Bob Pepperman Taylor reveals a Thoreau most people never knew existed. Contrary to conventional views, Taylor argues that Thoreau was one of America's most powerful and least understood political thinkers, a man who promoted community and democratic values, while being ever vigilant against the evils of excessive or illegitimate authority.

Still widely viewed as a remarkable nature writer but simplistic philosopher with no real understanding of society, Thoreau is resurrected here as a profound social critic with more on his mind than utopian daydreams. Rather than the aloof and very private individualist spurned by conservatives and championed by radicals and environmentalists, Taylor portrays Thoreau as a genuinely engaged political theorist concerned with the moral foundations of public life. Like a solicitous "bachelor uncle" (a self-referential phrase from his journals), Thoreau persistently prodded his fellow citizens to remember that they were responsible for independently evaluating the behavior of their government and political community.

Taylor contends that, far from being confined to a few political essays ("Civil Disobedience," "Slavery in Massachusetts," and "A Plea for Captain John Brown"), Thoreau's political critique was a lifetime project that informed virtually all of his work. Taylor's persuasive study should send readers back to Walden, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, and the 14-volume Journal, among many other writings, for a provocative new look at one of America's most influential writers.

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Argues that Thoreau was one of America's most powerful and least understood political thinkers. Rather than the aloof and very private individualist spurned by conservatives and championed by radicals and environmentalists, Taylor portrays Thoreau as a genuinely engaged political theorist concerned with the moral foundations of public life. Taylor contends that far from being confined to a few political essays, Thoreau's political critique was a lifetime project that informed virtually all of his work.
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Synopsis:

"At last, an account that takes Thoreau seriously as a political thinker and makes an unconventional but persuasive case that Thoreau was deeply concerned with our political community: its citizens, its values and institutions, and its future. A fascinating book, easy to recommend". — Robert Booth Fowler, author of The Dance with Community

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-175) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction

2. Founding

3. Frontier

4. Fraternity

5. Independence

6. Resistance

7. Conclusion

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700608065
Subtitle:
Thoreau and the American Polity
Author:
Taylor, Bob Pepperman
Author:
Taylor, Bob Pepperman
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Location:
Lawrence :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Thoreau, henry david, 1817-1862
Subject:
Politics and literature
Subject:
Thoreau, Henry David
Subject:
National characteristics, American, in literature.
Subject:
National characteristics, American, in litera
Subject:
Politics and literature -- United States.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
History & Theory
Copyright:
Series:
American Political Thought
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
19961031
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9.26x6.21x.84 in. 1.12 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "At last, an account that takes Thoreau seriously as a political thinker and makes an unconventional but persuasive case that Thoreau was deeply concerned with our political community: its citizens, its values and institutions, and its future. A fascinating book, easy to recommend". — Robert Booth Fowler, author of The Dance with Community
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