The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

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“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

In 1845 a twenty-eight year old man named Henry David Thoreau moved into a one room house on the shore of Walden Pond in order to think and to write. He was already known for his love of nature, philosophy of life, and his passionate abolitionist views. The following year he spent a night in jail for refusing to pay his taxes since the money would go to support the war that was being waged in Mexico. He would become one of the most important writers in American history.

December 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m.; December 4 at 1 p.m.; December 11 at 2 p.m. - Fisher Theater, Ames

Adults $18, seniors $16, students $11


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Production photos, publicity photos, and headshots by Nancy Thompson and James Tener.

Read about it in Inside Iowa State.