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Oct 22

I completely agree. Not only is it just Romantic ideals, but this sentence also represents Transcendentalist ideas. Those in support of the movement were strong advocates for human rights. Transcendentalism represents feminism, abolition, communal living, etc., all things that were extremely controversial and/or unheard of during this time period. I also believe that his statement is extremely relevant today, like you suggested. We want to see the government secure our rights, but also, minorities deserve representation and people who can fight for them as well. This also connects to voting, which Thoreau mentioned. In order to get people in office that work FOR the people and not against, we need to make our voices heard and stop conforming to what we are told to believe and settle for.

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Oct 22

In this statement, Thoreau was encouraging people to make a sacrifice for what they believed in. He was justifying his decision for going to prison. He believed that people who experienced injustice, would have a better chance at fighting injustice. If the people truly wanted equality and fairness, they would have to go to extreme lengths. Justice does not come easily. He wanted people to hold the government accountable. Thoreau believed that if one person wasn’t free, then nobody was free. This all-encompassing view of life is something that we see when people say, “all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter.” We have to take action if we want change. This could be by voting, protesting, petitioning, or some other platform where your voice can be heard. We also have to be willing to make sacrifices, in order to receive justice. When the government is wrong, we have to stand against it, and correct these wrongs. We cannot keep going through a vicious cycle of oppression. There may be a small price to pay for honesty and dissent, but in the end, it should be worth it.

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Oct 22

In the last sentences it says That no one is more christian than anyone else. But still white people try to put down white people saying that were descendants of Ham, So were more christian. But Black people say white people are descendants of Cain, but People are the same amount of christian doesn’t matter the of what skin color you are.

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