What Would Henry Do?

Today on our little planet, we live in bewildering times. We’re essentially faced with this question: what should we be thinking, saying, and doing about the challenges bearing down upon our lives?

Answers can be hard to come by. Yet we, the community of Thoreau Farm, believe we have to search for them. So we wondered, if Henry David Thoreau were alive today, what would HE think, what HE say, what would HE do?

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What Would Henry Do? Essays for the 21st Century, Volume II (2022)


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What Would Henry Do? Essays for the 21st Century, Volume I (2017)

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Ken Lizotte What Would Henry Think, Say, and Do?

Featured Essays

Jimmy Carter What Would Henry David Thoreau Do?
Joseph C. Wheeler Bringing Henry David Thoreau Up to Date
Margaret Carroll-Bergman Thoreau Farm: Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau, Birthplace of Ideas


Peter Alden Henry’s Focus on Nature
William Wheeler Anderson Illustrating Thoreau and Nature
Ed Begley, Jr. Happy Birthday, Henry!
Keith Bergman Environmentalism and Activism
Mary Byrne Bergman Old Cape Cod
Deborah Bier The Choice of Living Deliberately
Lawrence Buell What Would Henry Do – About Anything?
Tom Foran Clark Walking Around
Ernesto Estrella and Carlos Estrella Henry’s LinkedIn Profile (Abridged)
Michael J. Frederick Golden Compass
Jayne Gordon What Would Henry Thoreau Do When Confronted with Modern-Day Political, Environmental, or Social Issues?
Tim Hebert We Can Have the Courage
Ronald Wesley Hoag The Whole Circle of Experience
Shoko Itoh Two Major Ideological Frameworks of “Civil Disobedience:” The Philosophy of Neighbor and Ecological Thought
Maria Madison Documenting What Others Do Not See
Gregory Maguire Time Travel in Concord
Jack Maguire A Celebration: Two Concord Davids Stand Alone
Peter Manso Return to Cape Cod
Kristi Lynn Martin The “Problem” of Thoreau: Challenging the Reader to Inspire the Reader
Ivy Meeropol A Peaceful Spot in the Woods
Holly Nadler One of Several More Lives to Live
John M. Nevison Avoiding Thoreau
Ashton Nichols Henry David Builds His Hut
Barbara Olson What Would Henry Say?
Sandra Harbert Petrulionis Breaking the Law with Thoreau
John Pipkin Henry David Thoreau and the “New Nationalism” of the Present Day
Richard B. Primack Is Climate Change Really Happening in Concord?
Robert D. Richardson What Would Henry Do in 2017?
Tammy Rose “Lemme Tell You What I Would Do…” A Henry Monologue
Frank Serpico My Walden
Corinne H. Smith Dancing on the Eights
Richard Smith The Politics of Action
Sandy Stott What Henry Did
Libby Wagner Now This: A Thoreau Reflection
Laura Dassow Walls “What Would Thoreau Do?”
Leslie Perrin Wilson Would Thoreau Love Concord Now?
Anna West Winter Soliciting a Saunter
Jeff Zinn Desperate Heroes