Today in History: Henry David Thoreau

Site of Thoreau's hut, Lake Walden, Concord, Mass.
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.

Excursions by Henry D. Thoreau

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Henry David Thoreau image set

Henry David Thoreau from America’s Library

Thoreau’s Maps: Author’s Cartography Brought to Light Library of Congress Information Bulletin January/February 2010 – Vol. 69, Nos. 1-2

Thoreau in Concord: Creating a Community of Writers Teacher’s Corner From the Catbird Seat October 9, 2019

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