When Thoreau accepted release from jail did he become just like the people he critcized? I refer to those who opposed the Mexican War and expansion of slavery but supported it indirectly with their tax money? Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

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To take the opposing view, Thoreau may have been released after someone paid the fine.  For, in his passage, Thoreau writes

 When I came out of prison--for someone interfered, and paid the tax. 

 In this case, Thoreau may have been forced by the officials to leave the jail.  If, then, such is the case, Thoreau did not act hypocritically as he had no choice but to depart.  This situation seems more in character with Henry David Thoreau who is renowned for his individuality of thought and of action as well as his...

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