Henry David Thoreau was on of the first if not thee first man to practice passive resistance. Thoreau chose to spend a night in jail rather than pay what he considered an unfair tax. Thoreau acted this way in order to protest the United States's war with Mexico and slavery for which the monies from the tax would proceed.
Thoreau was jailed but was released the next day when an unidentified person came to the jail to pay his debt. This angered Thoreau because he had hoped to use the opportunity to raise awareness to his cause.
Nonetheless, he reluctantly left his jail cell. The experience later inspired Thoreau to write his essay Resistance to Civil Government, which was later renamed in which Civil Disobedience, in which he argues that it is sometimes necessary to disobey the law in order to protest unjust government actions.
This is such a powerful lesson even today. If you can find sometime to read the essay it is about 16 pages.
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