Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) gained fame posthumously,
fourteen years following his death. He is described as a naturalist and
categorized as a transcendentalist. He is recognized for his advocacy
of passive resistance to unjust government in his essay "Civil Disobedience."
Yet, his best known work is Walden , a story in which he described his
simple and natural life in the woods of Concord, Massachussettes.
Today, Thoreau continues to symbolize nature and the pleasures of a simple life. As kinesiologists, we should respect Thoreau's ideals which parallel our profession in ways such as making a union with nature and valuing the need to explore oneself.
David Thoreau (http://www.geocities.com/~freereligion/1thorea.html)
This is an all inclusive web directory for Thoreau sites. It is a terrific source for researching Thoreau on the web. It also
includes a biography, portraits, quotations and links to the full texts of his works.
David Thoreau (http://usmh12.usmd.edu/thoreau/history.html#top)
This is an introduction to Thoreau including background information to Walden and a description of the family, friends, and
education of Thoreau.
3.) The Thoreau
This includes a biographical sketch of Thoreau, quotations and pictures.
Hall of Fame (http://www.ectopia.org/ehof/index.html)
This site includes a complete listing of members placed into the "Ecological Hall of Fame" dedicated to the heroes of the
environmental movement. This link gives biographical information, as well as textual excerpts including Emerson's funeral
oration for Thoreau.
5.) Thoreau, Walden
and the Environment (http://www.walden.org/project/)
This site includes pictures and descriptions of current projects which exist on the premisesof Thoreaus's viewpoints. These
include links to the Walden Woods project, the Thoreau Society and the Thoreau Institute.
This is a listing of 19 web sites for researching Thoreau.
Writings of Henry David Throeau (http://www.library.ucsb.edu/depts/thoreau/thoreau.html)
This site offers links to Thoreau's writings, handwriting excerpts, and related web sites.
for the study of Henry David Thoreau (http://www.d.umn.edu/~sadams/thoreau.htm)
This is a valuable site for researching Thoreau. It includes biographical information and a listing of his works.
David Thoreau (http://www.envirolink.org/enviroethics/thoreauindex.html)
This site offers a brief biography and links to selected full texts.
10.) Who 2?
This is a quick and concise site giving information about Thoreau's life, writings, and also online resources and a chat line link.
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