The Thoreau You Don’t Know

    Many students are introduced to Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” in high school. Thoreau’s essay on Civil Disobedience is legend in influencing Gandhi and King. In “The Thoreau You Don’t Know: What the Prophet of Environmentalism Really Meant,” our guest, writer ROBERT SULLIVAN dispels the American myth of Henry David Thoreau as an intentional recluse, walking around the Concord, Massachusetts woods. The “secular priest of solitude” may have been introspective, but he enjoyed a robust social life and wasn’t kind to the local trees. Listen to the mp3

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