Objections To War Taxes Dismissed

1864

Writer Henry David Thoreau, along with most Quakers, refuses to pay a Massachusetts poll tax used to finance the Mexican-American War. The war resisters lose their cases in the courts. Thoreau spends a night in jail. Since then, many war resisters have refused to pay the portion of their taxes they say funds the military as a form of political protest. The courts have continued to rule against the protesters.