In their play The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee explore the issue of morality versus adherence to the law and what the conscientious course of action should be when a citizen comes into conflict with government actions he or she believes to be immoral. By dramatizing an actual event in the life of writer Henry David Thoreau, a man who personified the ideal of Americans as rugged individualists, the play wrights deliver an unambiguous message: If you believe a government's policies are wrong, then you have an ethical responsibility to oppose those...
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