Walden & Civil Disobedience
As Thoreau’s most well known and influential writings, both Walden and Civil Disobedience are thoughtful commentaries on American life. The former leans into simplicity, learning, human nature in response to “America's growing commercialism and industrialism”. The latter as a progressive tract on the state of the American government, written because of Thoreau’s objection to paying tax to the American government which, at the time, was involved in slave trade, westward expansion, and the displacement of the indigenous population.
Both writings are supremely influential, wonderfully unique, and absolutely worth your time.