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These thirteen selections from the polemical writings of Henry D. Thoreau represent every stage in his twenty-two years of active writing. This edition, introduced by writer and historian Howard Zinn, is a microcosm of Thoreau’s literary career. It allows the reader to achieve a full sense of Thoreau’s evolution as a writer and thinker. Most famous of these essays is “Resistance to Civil Government,” better known as “Civil Disobedience.” Still a standard text in American high schools, it has long inspired nonviolent protest around the world. It influenced those who opposed apartheid in South Africa and motivated international anti-war demonstrators during 1960s and 1970s. “Civil Disobedience” will surely continue to influence generations of readers for years to come.