A few days ago
Dr. Phylis

What does this quote mean?

“How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today? I answer that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.”

-Henry David Thoreau,Civil Disobedience,1849

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A few days ago
Malissa G

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The quote means that if a man were brave enough to act against the government, he would surly be brave enough to handle the consequences that would come with it. At least, that’s what I think it means.

A few days ago
how is it becoming of a man that he would act in a certain way with the government is what Thoreau is asking. and his answer to that question is that he would be disgracing himself to even be associated with such a terrible government.

Thoreau was not proud of the American government when he was alive. he didnt like it and this quote is expressing that dislike.


A few days ago
Thoreau has realised that all politicans are moral maggots, and that anyone who associates with them is equally disgusting.