Today in History–July 12–the Library of Congress features writer, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau, born on this day in 1817. Thoreau put his belief in living simply to the test by spending two years in a cabin on the edge of Walden Pond, a small glacial lake near Concord, Massachusetts. Find out more about this fascinating man by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to read his works and discover other primary sources.
Henry David Thoreau from America’s Library
Excursions by Henry D. Thoreau
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