Thoreau’s Resistance 

[Today is Thoreau’s 200th birthday. (Happy birthday, Henry!) As such, it was worth writing something about his work while relaxing on a beach in Hawaii. Also, make sure to check out the brand-new and exquisite biography by Laura Dassow Walls.] I recently completed a two-week-long NEH seminar on “Transcendentalism and Social Reform,” which took place…