Estonia Singing Revolution

Meghan Schulien, 5th period

About the Revolution

In the 1840s, Estonia was invaded by the Soviet Union. In retaliation, Estonia and the other Baltic countries held many peaceful protests (in which they sang songs) against the USSR demanding their freedom. Estonia managed to form a makeshift government because of the Soviet Union's illegal occupation and declare independence. The USSR began to fall apart due to a coup, allowing Estonia to secure their independence.
Estonian Singing Revolution

In Relation to Thoreau's Key Points

The Estonian Revolution represents key points in Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience". Thoreau criticizes those who wait for reform and believes that, "Men generally, under such government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that, it they should resist, the remedy would be worse that the evil." Estonians immediately rebelled against the USSR, in disagreement over the new law established. Thoreau believes that the only change will happen is if everyone comes together to disobey their government, such as,"If a thousand men were to not pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, is fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible." The Baltic countries came together against their oppressors in a mass act of peaceful protest for their independence. These are just a few examples of how the Estonian Revolution mirrors ideas found in Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience".