by Henry David Thoreau
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Excerpt from Walden: “Economy”
- Henry David Thoreau
In this excerpt from Walden, Thoreau questions the value of integrating technology into society.Pair “Excerpt from ‘Civil Disobedience’” with “Excerpt from Walden: ‘Economy’” and have students compare the themes in each text. What does Thoreau’s argument in Walden have in common with “Excerpt from ‘Civil Disobedience’”? What is Thoreau’s idea of a life well-spent?
Testimony Before the Senate Hearings on the Equal Rights Amendment
- Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem (1934-present) is an American feminist, journalist, author, and social-political activist. She gained national recognition as a leader of the “Second Wave” feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s. On May 6th, 1970, Gloria Steinem stood before the Senate and delivered this speech, advocating for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and seeking to dispel myths about women.Pair “Excerpt from ‘Civil Disobedience’” with “Testimony Before the Senate Hearings on the Equal Rights Amendment” and have students compare the perspectives on creating social change in each text. How is Gloria Steinem’s approach to activism similar or different from Thoreau’s conception of activism? Ask students to discussion which version they consider more effective.