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What is Martin Luther King's view of the "American Dream" as seen in his "I Have a...

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frangin | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted March 24, 2012 at 1:02 PM via web

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What is Martin Luther King's view of the "American Dream" as seen in his "I Have a Dream" speech?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 24, 2012 at 1:14 PM (Answer #1)

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The phrase "American dream" can be used in a variety of contexts.  King is clearly using it to mean racial equality.  He is saying that a country and society without discrimination or prejudice would fulfill the American dream.

King does not actually say "the American dream is..."  Instead, he says 

... I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

He then goes on to tell what his dream is.  It is his famous dream of a country in which there is racial harmony and equality.  It is a country where people are not

judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

King's dream is a dream of racial harmony.  Since he says that it is rooted in the American dream, we can infer that the American dream is also one of harmony and equality.

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