About the Program
Michael Sims recounts Henry David Thoreau's formative education and the intellectual path that led to his writing career, which included his authorship of Walden. The author reports that the Harvard graduate, who built a cabin on Ralph Waldo Emerson's property where he lived and wrote for over two years, was more than the recluse he is popularly remembered as. Instead, he focuses on Thoreau's political activism, exemplified by his essay, Civil Disobedience and his support of the antislavery campaign. Michael Sims speaks at the Concord Bookshop in Concord, Massachusetts.