Civil Disobedience Questions and Answers
by Henry David Thoreau

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In "Civil Disobedience" by Thoreau, "On the Eve of Historic Dandi March" by Gandhi, and "Long Walk to Freedom" by Nelson Mandela, how is the message of the power of an individual to bring about social reform conveyed? 

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In Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience," Gandhi's "On the Eve of Historic Dandi March," and Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom, identifying with other people is the way to bring about social reform. 

There are many connections between Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience," Gandhi's "On the Eve of Historic Dandi March," and Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom. Each emphasizes a collective notion of the good. They suggests that when we identify ourselves with something larger than our own identity, we are compelled to take action. We are driven to bring about social reform because we value the importance of helping others.    

In Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience," taking action to bring about social change is seen through a collective lens. Thoreau sees social reform as only possible when individuals band together.  The true success of civil disobedience is only visible when people take action as one to achieve social reform:

If the alternative is to keep all just men in prison, or give up war and slavery, the...

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