Founded in 1941, The Thoreau SocietyTM is the oldest and largest organization devoted to an American author.

2022 Annual Gathering of the Thoreau Society

The 81st Annual Gathering of The Thoreau Society

July 6-10, 2022

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The struggle for social and environmental justice

Henry D. Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau saw the exploitation of people and of nature as two sides of the same coin of injustice and oppression. In his own day, he decried an economic and political system that countenanced human bondage even as it despoiled nature. As he asks in “Slavery in Massachusetts,” “[W]hat signifies the beauty of nature when men are base?”

The Thoreau Society continues our namesake’s struggle to open all eyes to social and environmental injustice, and to end blindness to the consequences of unchecked racism, climate change, and other threats to individual freedom, democratic equality, and social justice in the United States and around the world. As a community devoted to Thoreau’s legacy, we are a work-in-progress, committed to the perpetual challenge of improving the Thoreau Society as an embodiment—and a promoter—of these ideals.


The Thoreau Society at the Modern Language Association, 2023 (San Francisco)