There is also a darker side to Thoreau’s experiment.Theodor Kaczynski, the Unabomber, lived in an isolated cabin where he wrote political screeds and mailed bombs to American universities.
Thoreau went to the woods for two years, two months and two days – and we are still living with the consequences.
Thoreau clad the outer walls in closely fitting shingles and carefully plastered the interior.
The house was large enough for his bed, writing table and not much else.
On July 4, locals re-enacted battles, yet the significance of the revolution seemed in danger of being lost, for the very good reason that no one could agree what it was.
It is a paradox of history that those who come first are never the originators; it takes a later generation to forge the legacy of the founding fathers.