"What is any political organization worth - when it is in the service of the Devil? I see that the authorities … are either weak or unprincipled men - i.e. well-disposed but not equal to the occasion, or else of dull moral perception - with the unprincipled and servile in their pay. All sound moral sentiment is opposed to them…."
From Thoreau's journal, June 4, 1854
On view: lock and key from Thoreau's jail cell, first edition of "Civil Disobedience," and journal with drafts for "Slavery in Massachusetts"