King and Thoreau

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There are times throughout the history of the United States when its citizens have felt the need to revolt against the government. There were such cases during the time of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Henry David Thoreau, when there was unfair discrimination against the Afro-American community and Americans refusing to pay poll taxes to support the Mexican War. They used civil disobedience to eventually get legislation to stop the injustice brought against them …

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…slavery. Thoreau and King shared the same ideas of unjust laws performed by the government. Thoreau didnít have legions of followers like King but he still made a long term impact. Thoreau's ideas had a powerful influence on the passive resistance ideas adopted by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in leading the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. Both men inspired reforms and the overturning of unjust laws and customs.