Study Kit for Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience”

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee have put together a new study kit, designed for educators, on Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience and those who have taken it to heart.

History doesn’t have to be, well, old. With this study kit, students will see how Thoreau’s actions and writings have inspired countless people around the world for more than 160 years, including individuals who today are refusing taxes and risking jail to protest war.


  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau (A.J. Muste Institute Pamphlet Series)
  • Death & Taxes DVD, a 30-min. award-winning video about war tax resisters carrying on Thoreau’s tradition in the United States today (produced by National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee)
  • Study Guide questions challenging students to consider if Thoreau’s actions and words are still relevant
  • Historic Civil Disobedience Actions — A select list of 60 actions (and practitioners) since the time of Thoreau, with resources for further study