"A New Race Has Sprung Up": Prudence, Social Consensus and the Law in "Bartleby the Scrivener"

  title={"A New Race Has Sprung Up": Prudence, Social Consensus and the Law in "Bartleby the Scrivener"},
  author={John Matteson},
  pages={25 - 49}
In his 1849 essay “Resistance to Civil Government,” popularly known as “Civil Disobedience,” Henry David Thoreau offered an equivocal assessment of Daniel Webster, whose abilities he admired but whom he saw as tragically limited by his allegiance to legal and governmental institutions. Thoreau “thank[ed] Heaven for” the senator and believed that, compared with the cheaper wisdom of politicians as a class, Webster’s were “almost the only sensible and valuable words.” However, he lamented that… 
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