Henry David Thoreau Audiobooks

A Plea for Captain John Brown

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

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by Henry David Thoreau
56 minutes, 45 seconds
Unabridged Essay/Speech
1859

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Against the then-popular condemnation of the radical abolitionist who seized a federal armory, attempting to arm slaves and create a violent rebelion against the South, Thoreau delivered this spirited speech justifying Brown’s character and actions to those who would have rather resolved (or failed to resolve) the issue of slavery using discussions and diplomacy. Read by Alex Wilson.


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Civil Disobedience

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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by Henry David Thoreau
1 hour, 20 minutes
Unabridged Essay
1849

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Originally entitled “Resistance to Civil Government,” the classic libertarian essay on self-reliance advocating the active refusal to disobey unjust laws. Note: the Spoken Alexandria podcast includes only the first part (of two) of Civil Disobedience. The full book is included in the zipped download options. Read by Alex Wilson.


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Originally for sale on September 10, 2004, and released free with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License five years later. See the Mission page for why.


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