Thoreau Civil Disobedience

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Henry David Thoreau's writing Civil Disobedience was published in 1849; in this writing was his point of view on an unjust government with unjust laws decided by the majority. It is believed that Thoreau's night in the Concord jail prompted him to write Civil Disobedience, but it has not been proved. However, it is known that Martin Luther King Jr.'s time in the Birmingham jail led him to write Letter from a Birmingham Jail, while he was still there. MLK Jr. wrote his letter on April 16, 1963, which was well after Thoreau's writing in 1849. Generally, when one writes a piece it is known to be influenced by another that came before it; with that said I think that there is evidence that shows MLK Jr. read and was influenced by Thoreau's Civil Disobedience before writing Letter from a Birmingham Jail.
Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and put in the Birmingham jail in 1963, which is where he wrote his piece Letter from a Birmingham Jail. MLK Jr. was arrested on Good Friday, April 12th for violating the injunction prohibiting white business owners from desegregating their business to hire African Americans. As a result, King wrote this letter while in jail for a national audience and his opposition to read. King's letter hit many important points to both his opposition, his followers, and those who do not know much about his protests. To his opposition, he answered their criticism about his work and ideas when they said his activities were "unwise and untimely". To his

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