, only a brief report, since instead of my usual Picket Line activities, I decided to tackle a project that had been on my to-do list for a while: to put a better version of Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience on-line.
There are many, many versions of Civil Disobedience on-line, but I was never very happy with any of them. Most, if not all, suffered from copying errors, for one thing — missing words or phrases, mistyped words (“humanity” for “humility”), and the like. I don’t claim that my version is free from such errors, but at least as I catch them I can fix them.
I took the liberty also in my version of inserting hyperlinks in the text to source documents that Thoreau quotes (a speech of Daniel Webster’s, works of Shakespeare, a poem of Charles Wolfe, etc.), as well as to Wikipedia or other explanatory articles that give more context about the Mexican-American war, American politics, and such. As a final touch, I labeled each paragraph with a marker so that they can be individually referenced in a hyperlink — for instance, you can link directly to the paragraph that begins
by using the following link: http://sniggle.net/Experiment/index.php?entry=rtcg#p20 — change the “20” in “#p20” to another number if you want to link to a different paragraph.