Henry David Thoreau, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s Use of Civil Disobedience

562 Words Feb 24th, 2018 2 Pages
have all used forms of civil disobedience and nonviolent protest to make changes in the world. These changes have made huge impacts on our societies and how we are able to live our everyday lives. Without these three men and their practice of civil disobedience, the world would be a very different place. Thoreau views civil disobedience as a necessity when the law causes someone to be unjust to another person. He claimed that it is a person’s right to stand up to the Government when he or she feels like their rights is being infringed upon. Most of these protests are nonviolent, but in the case of slavery he took a more active approach. He couldn’t believe that the Government that he was living under could also be a Government that slaves were living under as well. Thoreau believed that the Government was completely unjust and that people who are paying taxes but saying that they don’t believe in slavery are participating in the injustice of the slaves. He believed that people needed to take action now, and that waiting to vote to change things would not help at all. People needed to live their lives every day by being just and doing the right thing. He also…
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