Averie Newton 7th period
What About Him?
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.
This is the famous abolitionist who lived his life for others.
This is the house of Levi Coffin where he secretly aided in the escape of fugitive slaves.
Map of commonly traveled routes of the Underground Railroad. Coffin lived in Indiana, which is clearly a commonly traveled route of escape.