Henry David Thoreau's Spade
"Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand" - Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau




Fascination with nature


Resistance to government taxation


Placing in dirt

Collected by

Warehouse 13







Date of Collection

November 12, 1994


Origin[edit | edit source]

Henry David Thoreau was the living, breathing embodiment of the transcendental movement in mid 1800s. Focus was placed upon spiritual and personal values in response to the mass industrialization of the United States. Thoreau abandoned regular society for two years of ascetic cabin-living, soaking in the majesty of the outdoors. Content with his little experiment, Thoreau emerged from the wild with a fervent appreciation of nature and the rumblings of an American classic, Walden.

Thoreau also fiercely championed liberty and equal rights after his little vacation. During his stay, Thoreau spent a night in prison for choosing to not pay his taxes - or support the slavery and imperialism they sustained. His singular instant of defiance resulted in the essay Civil Disobedience, originally read by tens of people. Amazingly, some of those readers who took its message to heart included Mahatma Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Causes intense curiosity of natural history and a desire to read about real explorers, as well as using the spade to explore the world. Causes a will to resist taxation if the government does something the user protests.

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