Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King in Perspective Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King both believed in the philosophy of civil action in the course of social causes. King outlined his perspectives as follows: “In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self-purification; and direct action.” King utilized this methodology to combat the injustice which was built into the legal system in the U.S. These inconsistencies in the law were particularly directed toward African Americans. King believed that civil action was a responsible method for African Americans to react to the level of treatment they were receiving. Thoreau also believed that...The end:
.....eachings. Regardless, both men advocated civil action to meet these ends. The scope of their approaches however did differ in quite significant ways. King was non-violent, yet religious. Thoreau believed that government was always power hungry. Works Cited King, Martin Luther. “Letter from Birmingham.” mlkonline.net. MLK Online. 16 Apr. 1963. Web. 7 Apr. 2010. Thoreau, Henry David. “Civil Disobedience.” http://sunsite. berkeley.edu/Literature/Thoreau/CivilDisobedience.html. Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE. 20 Aug. 2001. Web. 7 Apr. 2010. Works Cited Ching Ling Foo Outdone. Dir. Thomas A. Edison. Perf. William Ellsworth Robinson. Edison Films, 1900. Film. McCay, Winsor. Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend. New York: Dover Publications, 1973. Print.