Levi Coffin

Averie Newton 7th period

What About Him?

Levi Coffin was an important historical figure in American history because of his rebellious behavior against both the government and society at that time. The Underground Railroad started around 1780 and lasted until the Civil War in 1862. Moreover, Coffin is most well known for his assistance in the Underground Railroad which he contributed in various ways. For instance, Coffin's consistency influenced many to join him in his disobedience by providing for fugitives escaping to the north any way possible.

In Connection with Henry David Thoreau

Many similarities exist between Levi Coffin and Henry David Thoreau such as their actions in response to difficult situations. For instance, both Coffin and Thoreau agree that “action from principle, the perception and the performance of right, changes things and relations” (Thoreau). Both men center their lives around acting in response to fix bad situations as illustrated in Thoreau’s writing. Furthermore, Coffin proves that he performs what he believes through his work and dedication to the Underground Railroad. Similarly, both historical figures “all men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable” (Thoreau). Both Coffin and Thoreau recognize the need to rebel against the established authority when unfair circumstances arise. Furthermore, they both face this decision and act upon the needs of the situation despite what society demands.

Levi Coffin: The President of the Underground Railroad