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

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Henry D. Thoreau

The struggle for social and environmental justice

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.

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Heidi Jon Schmidt

Writing from Your Own Guts
Monday Oct. 12, 2020; 3-4 pm, EDT, & Saturdays Oct. 17 & 24, 2020; 11-noon, EDT

Nancy Shohet West

Date: Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 3:30pm
Location: This is a Zoom event
Nancy Shohet West is a Boston-area journalist who helps individuals, multi-generational families, communities, and special interest groups to write and self-publish their memoirs.