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Henry David Thoreau and young Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant thought US aggression against Mexico was a disgrace.
And they said so.
Some Irish immigrant troops and others did even more. They fought on the side of the invaded and proved to be the most effective fighting unit the Mexicans had.
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Like 1960s peaceniks turning into 1990s war boosters, Thoreau, Lincoln and Grant suddenly found themselves no longer that peaceable in the 1860s. wikid:
After John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, many prominent voices in the abolitionist movement distanced themselves from Brown or damned him with faint praise. Thoreau was disgusted by this, and he composed a key speech, A Plea for Captain John Brown, which was uncompromising in its defense of Brown and his actions. Thoreau's speech proved persuasive: the abolitionist movement began to accept Brown as a martyr, and by the time of the American Civil War entire armies of the North were literally singing Brown's praises. As a biographer of Brown put it, "If, as Alfred Kazin suggests, without John Brown there would have been no Civil War, we would add that without the Concord Transcendentalists, John Brown would have had little cultural impact."
Astoundingly, I'm not seeing another mention of 'civil war' in his entire wikid article. I don't mind telling you that I like some of him, tho:
Thoreau is sometimes referred to as an anarchist. In "Civil Disobedience", Thoreau wrote: "I heartily accept the motto,'That government is best which governs least;' and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe,'That government is best which governs not at all;' and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.