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Thoreau the Land Surveyor
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Thoreau the Land Surveyor

Patrick Chura

Abstract

Henry David Thoreau, one of America's most prominent environmental writers, supported himself as a land surveyor for much of his life, parceling land that would be sold off to loggers. This book analyzes this seeming contradiction to show how the best surveyor in Concord combined civil engineering with civil disobedience. Placing Thoreau's surveying in historical context, the book explains the cultural and ideological implications of surveying work in the mid-nineteenth century. It explains the ways in which Thoreau's environmentalist disposition and philosophical convictions asserted themselv ... More

Keywords: Henry David Thoreau, land surveyor, loggers, Concord, civil engineering, civil disobedience, environmentalist, Walden Pond, data, America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813034935
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034935.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Chura, author
University of Akron