He went to jail because he wouldn't pay taxes to fund the Mexican War because, like a lot of the tinfoil hat crowd of his day (including Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant), he believed it was all a plot by the slavers.The Jane Fonda of the 1840s.
When you compare Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant to Jane Fonda you have wandered into a fantasy world of delusion. Like I said, I disagreed with Thoreau on many points (I think our only mistake in the Mexican War was not taking more territory), but I like his writing.
I didn't compare Lincoln and Grant, I compared Thoreau.
Thoreau engaged in some minor civil disobedience (and spent a night in jail), he was not Hanoi Jane. There were people who were the equivalent of Fonda (or worse) at that time.
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