Thoreau's Civil Disobedience

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To history, civil disobedience is the driving force that is integral to keeping a free society free. It is in civil disobedience that we find the keys to social change. From Thoreau's Civil Disobedience, one of the first intellectual writings supporting the idea, to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Women's March on DC after President Trump's inauguration, civil disobedience is found as a prominent theme, a theme that keeps government as the tool to serve the will of the common many, rather than the will of the powerful few. Without civil disobedience, “we the people” risk losing the identity of a free society, and risk losing the core values the US government was founded upon in 1776, the values the framers of the Constitution had in mind post-Revolution, post-King George III's tyrannical rule. Through its implication during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, to the civil unrest that spurred the colonies into revolution, to the Black Lives Matter movement today, civil disobedience has always been there as a positive non-violent method of voicing the disapproval of the people to government.

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Without his actions, the US may still be divided along racial lines, and its citizens may perceive racism to be “normal”. King uses his authority among the black communities in the South to stir civil unrest, not for the destruction of law, but for the attention of lawmakers to take action against the inequality. In the bigger picture, King has established that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”, which ties King back to the positivity of civil disobedience. Because King voiced the black minority's disapproval of their lack of any civil rights, it stirred social change and progress in our free