A blupete Essay

The Village (Ch.8), Part 8 to blupete's Essay
"Thoughts On Thoreau And Walden"

It was the summer of 1846 and Massachusetts had just voted to return escaped slaves back to the south, which, in 1846, would effectively return these poor black people back into slavery; Thoreau objected. Why should he pay tax to the Commonwealth when the Commonwealth pursued a course, which to Thoreau, was wrong? Massachusetts sent him to jail; but, much to his annoyance, one of his aunts paid his tax and he was released next morning.

"One afternoon, near the end of the first summer, when I went to the village to get a shoe from the cobbler's, I was seized and put into jail, because, as I have elsewhere related, I did not pay a tax to, or recognize the authority of, the State which buys and sells men, women, and children, like cattle, at the door of its senate-house. I had gone down to the woods for other purposes. But, wherever a man goes, men will pursue and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society. It is true, I might have resisted forcibly with more or less effect, might have run "amok" against society; but I preferred that society should run "amok" against me, it being the desperate party. However, I was released the next day, obtained my mended shoe, and returned to the woods in season to get my dinner of huckleberries on Fair Haven Hill."

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