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Martin Luther King Jr.

In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King says that he believes, like St. Augustine, that an unjust law is no law at all. As one has the duty to obey just laws, so one has the duty...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020, 10:27 am (UTC)

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As another educator pointed out, this quote is actually a loose interpretation of a statement given by Dr. King in 1965. A group of civil rights protestors had attempted to cross a bridge leading...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2021, 11:05 am (UTC)

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King's 1963 speech mixes a tone of condemnation towards present injustice to Black people with a contrasting tone of rising optimism about the future. Two words that jump out as setting the tone...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2021, 11:34 am (UTC)

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In "Letter from Birmingham City Jail," Martin Luther King, Jr. argues on behalf of direct action, argues that the newly elected local government can't be left to its own devices, argues that people...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2017, 1:32 pm (UTC)

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood as a leader for the oppressed during the Civil Rights Movement. He challenged the nation to transform America into a land of equality for all people—not just a...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019, 1:25 pm (UTC)

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leading force in the civil rights movement in the late 50's and 60's. Dr. King worked hard to create peaceful protests against the injustices that were going on in the...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2015, 2:59 pm (UTC)

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"Young Goodman Brown" illustrates is quote well. Brown is tempted by evil and ultimately rejects it, but he is still given the gift of "seeing into the secret hearts of man" and recognizes the...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2010, 10:20 am (UTC)

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This is one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's most cited quotations. In fact, it is inscribed on his memorial in Washington DC along with other famous sayings of the civil rights leader. The most...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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Another way that Martin Luther King aroused the audience’s attention was through his use of rhetorical devices. To see this in action, let’s look specifically at his “I Have A Dream” speech from...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019, 7:42 am (UTC)

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One of the more powerful attributes of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech is his use of allusions to historical documents. He is attempting to explain how many of the freedoms promised to...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016, 4:17 am (UTC)

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In book 1, part 2 of Rhetoric, written about 350 BCE, Aristotle defines three kinds, or "modes," of persuasive speaking: Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2020, 4:18 pm (UTC)

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The "I Have a Dream" speech, by Martin Luther King Jr, is one of the most famous orations of all time. Its hopeful tone cries out to its audience to pursue King's "dream" of a racially just America...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2014, 8:50 am (UTC)

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When Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, he used his speech to reflect on his achievements so far, as well as the achievements of the civil rights movement more generally. To get...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2020, 9:13 am (UTC)

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Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' speech is one of the finest American speeches ever delivered because the words of Dr. King's speech are spoken from the wrenches of the promise of the American soul....

Latest answer posted September 6, 2010, 2:19 pm (UTC)

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Anaphora is, according to eNotes, "the repetition of a phrase at the beginning of sentences," a technique seen throughout King's famous speech. Anaphora is seen in many iconic speeches--it's a...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2011, 4:44 am (UTC)

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The three techniques of persuasion, according to Aristotle in The Art of Rhetoric, are based on the appeal to logos (reason), ethos (belief system and character of the speaker and listeners), and...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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In Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, section one begins by referring to theEmancipation Proclamation, signed fifty years before by a "great American" (President Abraham Lincoln), a...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2011, 3:59 am (UTC)

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In his "Letter from Birmingham Jail," King takes special aim at white pastors who say they support civil rights but then attack King and his movement for not behaving in a more genteel way. In this...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019, 12:31 am (UTC)

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It is important here to think about the nature of moral exhortation. Philosophers distinguish "is" or factual statements from "ought" or moral statements. If one says "it is raining today," one is...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019, 1:33 am (UTC)

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Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 60's worked for desegregation, voting rights protection for African Americans, and an end to systemic racism all across America, but...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016, 12:48 am (UTC)

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I'd say one measure of effectiveness is whether or not the words still reach people and strike an emotional chord. I believe they do. King was a master speaker, and he reached out to each...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2011, 9:51 am (UTC)

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You will find so many examples of each in the letter that you will be in the enviable position of choosing which you like best. In terms of a simple sentence, I like where King clearly states that...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2011, 7:05 pm (UTC)

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In Plato's dialogue Euthyphro, written in 380 BCE, Socrates meets a man named Euthyphro outside the office of the legal magistrate of Athens who is known as the "King Archon." Euthyphro is involved...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2020, 6:31 pm (UTC)

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If you have a textbook or some type of resource to accompany this task, I would use that as a reference. Additionally, as pointed out in the previous post, there is a need to align what the...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2010, 12:04 pm (UTC)

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I assume that you are asking about King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech delivered in August of 1963. The main point that King is making in this speech is that he believes that America can live up...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2011, 2:23 am (UTC)

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Martin Luther King had a great deal of personal authority that lent power and credibility to his words. As head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), he led the Montgomery Bus...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2016, 12:23 pm (UTC)

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I think that one particular reason why the Chicago Campaign in 1966 fell short was because the racism Dr. King sought to counter in the North was much more insidious and challenging than that of...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2012, 11:07 am (UTC)

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King points to seven important reasons why he is against American involvement in Vietnam, and these seven arguments constitute the overall thrust of his speech. The first is what he characterizes...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019, 8:24 pm (UTC)

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s last sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church was given February 4th, 1968 and entitled "The Drum Major Instinct." He used the analogy of a drum major who is out in front leading...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018, 2:51 am (UTC)

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You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court's decision of 1954...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2011, 7:18 am (UTC)

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Dr. King believed that nonviolent civil disobedience would end injustice. Dr. King believed that people had a moral duty to oppose injustice. He was not passive in suggesting that individuals must...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016, 5:11 pm (UTC)

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The original question had to be edited down. There will not be one answer to this question because it is so very complex. I think that a good argument can be made that Dr. King was able to endure...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2013, 1:35 pm (UTC)

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway on December 10, 1964. He gave his speech during a time of great struggle for the civil rights movement. As such, Dr. King...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2020, 4:16 am (UTC)

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Martin Luther King was a pivotal figure in American life during a time of extreme transformation of society, the 1960s. This was the period following the violent assassination of a president (JFK)...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2019, 3:48 pm (UTC)

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In both works, I think that Dr. King's style resides in both the rhetoric and content in suggesting that the struggle for Civil Rights is one for human rights. In the stylistic pivot towards a...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2011, 6:14 pm (UTC)

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The repetition is something that makes Dr. King's speech extremely powerful and effective. Repetition as a rhetorical device helps to bring home several ideas. Initially, the repeating of "I Have...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2010, 7:09 pm (UTC)

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It is easy to argue this either way. On balance, I would say that King's dream has largely come true, but not completely. To argue that his dream has come true, we need look no farther than the...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2011, 2:53 am (UTC)

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Martin Luther King Jr.

These speeches are both inspirational. The two men are some of the best speakers we have ever seen. The idea is to inspire people to achieve something that seems next to impossible. Using...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2011, 2:23 am (UTC)

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King was a controversial figure for a number of reasons, but mainly because of his commitment to unlawful, yet nonviolent, resistance. Many of those normally sympathetic to the cause...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019, 9:47 am (UTC)

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Martin Luther King Jr.

In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", Martin Luther King Jr. addresses the fact that "white moderates" were calling him an extremist for his use of nonviolent resistance tactics. King makes...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019, 4:20 pm (UTC)

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Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech, “I Have a Dream” at the Washington Rights March on August 28th, 1963. He asked for the freedom of the black people and stated that despite such...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018, 10:15 pm (UTC)

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Though there are superficial similarities between Marxism and the liberation theology espoused by Martin Luther King Jr., in actual fact they were fundamentally at odds in key respects. Indeed, on...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019, 7:44 am (UTC)

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Dr. King envisioned a difficult struggle for equality because its path was through nonviolent civil disobedience. The struggle that Dr. King envisioned for equal rights was a complex one. He made...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2016, 6:23 am (UTC)

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Dr. King developed many great ideas and quotes, but I think that this is one of his best. Dr. King's approach to nonviolence was conceived out of a great moral position and calculation. Dr....

Latest answer posted December 29, 2011, 5:15 am (UTC)

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I think that King's background as a Christian minister helped him greatly. First, the clergy held an important place in the black community at the time. As a member of the clergy, King had...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2011, 9:19 pm (UTC)

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The location and timing of his speech was another thing that made it so effective. He gave his speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in front of the statue of the man who freed the slaves...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2010, 8:30 am (UTC)

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Of the many misfortunes caused by each leader's death is the fact that they were each moving closer to one another ideologically, but never had a chance to meet and discuss those shifting...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2017, 8:27 pm (UTC)

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One of the reasons King's speech became so famous is because it delivered a message that America needed to hear. As King stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, he passionately...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2020, 10:03 pm (UTC)

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Dr. King's letter is often anthologized because of his masterful use of argument appeals. Specifically, in the letter, King relies heavily on ethos or ethical appeals because of his audience. As...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2009, 9:02 am (UTC)

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Cornell notes are a simple but flexible note-taking strategy. Basically, you divide your paper into three sections; each section will have a different purpose. To create the notes, simply draw a...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2018, 4:14 pm (UTC)

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