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Kirk, Andrew. Civil Disobedience.

KIRK, Andrew. Civil Disobedience. (Words That Changed the World.) Barron's. 128p. illus. bibliog. index. c2004. 0-7641-2866-3. $9.95. JS

By connecting Thoreau's treatise to the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Morris, and James Russell Lowell, to the Fugitive Slave Act and the Socialist League, and to subsequent peace movements by Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, the author explains how philosophies evolve and inform later generations. Contributing factors to Thoreau's treatise mentioned in the text include the opinions of the founders of the Republic and of Louisa May Alcott, Nat Turner's slave rebellion, and the influence of the Bhagavad Gita and Indian mysticism. However, the exclusion of female abolitionists and suffragists as agents for social and economic change seriously hampers the text.

The layout is attractive and inviting. Lengthy captions under photos and line drawings explain significant points; e.g., the doctrine of Satyagraha, the expansionism proceeding from the Mexican War, and the polarizing effect of William Lloyd Garrison's anti-slavery editorials in the Liberator. Mary Ellen Snodgrass, Hickory, NC

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescent and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Date:Mar 1, 2005
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