Assignment #1

What is "Civil Disobedience"?

1. Choose one of the following articles and read it carefully:

Occupy Wall Street

Sovereign Citizens

2. Write a 5-7 sentence summary in your own words that highlights the main idea of the articles and includes the most important details. Title this section "Summary" and remember to attempt to convey as much information as possible.

3. Write a short reflection that addresses the following questions:

  • Explain the similarities or differences between the beliefs Occupy Wall Street or the Sovereign Citizens and Thoreau's article "Civil Disobedience."

  • Keeping in mind Martin Luther King, Jr's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," do you feel Thoreau's ideas on this issue are still relevant today? Why or why not?

  • Think about Chris' form of "Civil Disobedience." Does he seem like an "extremist" in comparison with the Occupy/Sovereign Citizens groups? Why or why not?