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Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political, and Historical Encyclopedia
A comprehensive, contextual presentation of all aspects—social, political, and economic—of slavery in the United States, from the first colonization through Reconstruction.

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The Reader's Companion to American History
Offers entries covering the critical events, issues and individuals that have shaped American History.

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Encyclopedia of Nationalism: Leaders, Movements, and Concepts
Captures the aims and scope of nationalism. This volume covers leaders, movements, and concepts.

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The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English
An authoritative and international survey of world literature in English. The Guide covers everything from Old English to Contemporary Writing from all over the English-speaking world. It covers poems, novels, literary journals and plays.


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Thoreau's Writing

  • Civil Disobedience, On the Duty of
    From The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English An essay by Henry David Thoreau, originally published as Resistance to Civil Government in 1849 and given its familiar title when it appeared in a posthumous collection of essays, A Yankee in Canada, with Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers (1866). MORE
  • Walden
    From The Dictionary of Alternatives: The US writer Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden; or, Life in the Woods (1854) is a massively influential work which could be taken both as a manifesto for simple living and as a condemnation of property owning and competitive society. MORE
  • Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, A
    From The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English An account by Henry David Thoreau, published in 1849, of a boat trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, taken in 1839 with his brother John. MORE


  • Anarchism: Topic Page
    Political philosophy that society should have no government, laws, police, or other authority, but should be a free association of all its members. MORE
  • Individualism and Life Writing
    From Encyclopedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms The histories of life writing and individualism in Western culture have moved in parallel. The term “individualism”, like the term “autobiography”, was first used in France. MORE

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Thoreau and Current Issues

  • Climate Change: Topic Page
    Climate change, as commonly used today, refers to long-term changes in global climate patterns as a result of anthropogenic (human-induced) interference. MORE
  • Environmentalism: Topic Page
    Movement to protect the quality and continuity of life through conservation of natural resources, prevention of pollution, and control of land use. MORE
  • Social Justice: Topic Page
    A standard used to assess the fairness of a society. Justice is a central moral standard that requires the fair and impartial treatment of all. MORE

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