United States History Question of the Day

©Greg Feldmeth 2013

Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau spent one memorable
night in jail for refusing to pay his taxes
(Source: Wikimedia Commons--public domain)

Question 131472

Thus the state never intentionally confronts a man's sense, intellectual or moral, but only his body, his senses. It is not armed with superior wit or honesty, but with superior physical strength. I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest. What force has a multitude? They only can force me who obey a higher law than I.

In this passage from Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau is

(A) condemning slavery
(B) suggesting that the government, when acting against higher natural laws, should be disobeyed
(C) commenting on the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican-American War
(D) proclaiming why he refused his diploma from Harvard
(E) arguing against the Fugitive Slave Act

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