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What were the short-term and long-term results and effects of Martin Luther King's actions ? 

The short-term results and effects of Martin Luther King's actions were a heightened awareness of the civil rights struggle among the American people. Many of those who'd never previously paid attention to the struggle now sat up and noticed what was happening in the Deep South.

The long-term results and effects of King's actions were the achievement of civil rights legislation.

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Prior to Martin Luther King's arrival on the scene, the civil rights movement was largely ignored by most American people. But once this charismatic preacher with the powerful voice and an undoubted gift for oratory became more prominent, more Americans began to sit up and take notice of the civil rights movement, its struggles and its goals.

King's message of peace was also influential as it made the civil rights movement much more palatable to those white people who would've been turned off by a more militant, confrontational approach. Thanks largely to King's leadership, the civil rights movement was able to put...

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