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plea   Henry David Thoreau: rebel, environmentalist, libertarian, and above all, writer. "Civil Disobedience" is one of his greatest essays, foreshadowing the rise of the abolitionist movement and influencing men from Tolstoy to Ghandi.  
excerpt   John Milton, towering poet of Paradise Lost, runs amok in Puritan New England in this excerpt from Peter Ackroyd's dazzling novel that dares to ask the question, "What if...?"  
poem   Visit a shining example of American statehood in Karen Murai's poem "Florida." The poet shares her darkly humorous vision of the Sunshine State--which you may never be able to see in the same light again.  
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