Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 14:23:15 -0500
Subject: civil disobedience

Hi - in the Princeton edition of Thoreau's Reform Papers, Wendell
Glick, the editor, claims that the phrase "civil disobedience" is used for
the first time as the later title of Thoreau's famous essay. (Glick makes
this claim in passing - what he's interested in figuring out is whether the
title is likely to have been Thoreau's own, given that the essay wasn't
published under this title till after Thoreau's death.) Is this true? The
essay was published under this title in 1866.
The reason I'm interested, by the way, is this - I'm writing an
essay about Thoreau's essay, and if the title "civil disobedience" was a
new coinage, that fact would be important to me in thinking about how the
title was understood by its contemporary readers.
If there's a reference book that answers this question, please
forgive my ignorance and just send me there.
Best, Larry Rosenwald, Wellesley College