Thoreau DVD: Life With Principle
ORDER THE DVD   Please choose your destination

2010 Academy
Award Nominee

The Most Dangerous
Man In America:
Daniel Ellsberg And
The Pentagon Papers

In Life With Principle Ellsberg discusses Civil Disobediance and the impact Thoreau had on him.

Three noted 21st Century intellectuals discuss the impact of Thoreau on their thoughts and actions.

Daniel Ellsberg
author of "The Pentagon Papers"

Watch "The Most Dangerous Man In America"

Noam Chomsky
Professor Emeritus, MIT.
Educator, linguist, prolific author

Howard Zinn
Professor Emeritus, Boston University.
Historian, author of "A People's History of the United States"
And the film "The Peoples Speak" co produced with Matt Damon and Josh Brolin

Watch "The Peoples Speak"
Thoreau's Writings
The Thoreau Reader
Iowa State University
Richard Lenat

Bill McKibben on Thoreau and Global Warming Solutions

"Life With Principle" is a powerful interactive educational
DVD-ROM that provides illustrative connections to all of its content and Special Features. This is accomplished specifically though the ROM MENU.

Respected teachers, educators, and scholars from 28 U.S. States collaborated to produce more than 100 pages of classroom material, including the following: 6 Curricula for the 6 thematic chapters of the "Life With Principle" film, a 16 page Study Guide, and a Scholarly Commentary by Dr. Bradley P. Dean. Educators from around the world have written in to comment on the quality and usefulness of this product for their classrooms.

Six Key Themes

The Life with Principle DVD-ROM is divided into six thematic chapters.
Each one reflects a concept found in Thoreau's writing:

  • Hearing That Different Drummer
  • Being Awake, Aware, and Alive
  • Examining Desperate and Deliberate Lives
  • Living in Society
  • Living in Nature
  • Confronting the Mean and the Sublime

  • Contact Melvyn Hopper at 604-215-8617 or at for more information.

              Get Involved.
    Life with Principle Movement

    DVD Special Features:

    Profiles in Civil Disobedience:
    - Wangari Maathai
    - Tsunesaburo Makiguchi
    - Nelson Mandela.

    Thoreau's Concord/Walden Pond.

    World Leaders:
    Thoreau's impact through the eyes of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Leo Tolstoy, and Daisaku Ikeda.

    The boatmen, Bill and Ben:
    An animated short Story.


    Life with Principle
    created and produced by:
    Melvyn Hopper
    Historical content in Association with

    State Curricula Standards and LWP

    Our Power For Peace: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    Thoreau: Life With Principle Topics

    Quotes and Comments:
    In the name of Allah
    Dear Melvyn Hopper,

    "My tour in Life With Principle was fun, and I think it is a good idea to use this
    DVD to know America more. The future is unwritten so let's write it green, peaceful
    and with jasmine"
    - From Samah Al Jundi iEARN Damascus, Syria.

    "LIFE WITH PRINCIPLE offers a rich diversity of voices testifying to the continued relevance of Thoreau's ideas today. As a result, the viewers of this fine compilation will be challenged to come up with their own answers. And that too Thoreau would have approved."
    - Thomas Wortham, Department of English Chair, UCLA

    "The Life With Principle DVD-ROM, was offered by the Thoreau Society as a six-session evening course. The film brought together Thoreau, the 21st century, and the principles by which we should live our lives in such a way that it provoked spirited discussion. We came to learn more about Thoreau; we left learning a great deal more about ourselves."
    - Jayne K. Gordon, Director of Education and Public Programs, Massachusetts Historical Society

    "LIFE WITH PRINCIPLE impresses with its adroit twinning of historic and contemporary concerns, expressed in the voices of the bravely sympathetic youth and the reflective adult. It is also a respectful homage to the legacy of Thoreau..."
    - Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

    "If he [Noam Chomsky] has been given more to condemnation than to praise that may well be the worlds fault, not his."
    - Robert Tully, United States Military Academy, Professor of Philosophy, introducing Noam Chomsky at
    West Point, April 20, 2006

    Thoreau: Shop at Walden Pond eStore Thoreau: DVD Classroom Resources Thoreau: DVD Project Thoreau:  Life With Principle