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A huge historical event going on during Thoreau’s lifetime was slavery, and the movement to abolish slavery being a new but developing concept. He grew up in Massachusetts, which was the first slaveholding colony and was dated to have started many years back. It was not a new concept, but getting rid of it was, and finding people who supported the abolition of it was even more unheard of. He devoted himself to sitting in on the debates about it and trying to contribute as much as he could, his personal values and many of his literary works were affected by the movement and his devotion to it. It wasn 't a popular concept and he risked a lot by voicing his opinion on the topic. He wanted everybody to have their chance at happiness and equality, any civilized man could understand how slavery would put a stop to that.
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