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Bosmajian, Haig A. "The Rhetoric of Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail." The Midwest Quarterly XXI, No. 1 (Autumn 1979): 46-62.

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Discusses structure, rhetoric, and style in Letter from Birmingham City Jail.

Fulkerson, Richard P. "The Public Letter as a Rhetorical Form: Structure, Logic, and Style in King's Letter from Birmingham Jail." The Quarterly Journal of Speech 65, No. 2 (April 1979): 121-36.

Analysis of King's argumentative techniques in Letter from Birmingham City Jail.

Gasnick, Roy M. Review of Strength to Love, by Martin Luther King, Jr. America 109, No. 7 (17 August 1963): 173-74.

Favorably reviews Strength to Love, concluding: "As the civil rights crisis becomes more dangerous,… we all need to be reminded that it does take strength to love. Martin Luther King, in these sermons, has pointed out the source of that strength."

The Journal of American History 78, No. 1 (June 1991).

Issue devoted to a roundtable discussion of King's plagiarism; includes conversations with his professors from Boston University and articles by David Levering Lewis and David J. Garrow, two of King's biographers.

Klein, Mia. "The Other Beauty of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail." College Composition and Communication XXXII, No. 1 (February 1981): 30-7.

Examines the emotional appeal of Letter from Birmingham Jail, focusing on sentence structure.

Kopkind, Andrew. "Soul Power." The New York Review of Books IX, No. 3 (24 August 1967): 3-4, 6.

Review of Where Do We Go from Here in which Kopkind questions King's sincerity and honesty, saying "there is something disingenuous about his public voice, and about this book. He is not really telling it like it is, but as he thinks his audience wants it to be."

Oates, Stephen B. "The Intellectual Odyssey of Martin Luther King." The Massachusetts Review XXII, No. 2 (Summer 1981): 301-20.

Biographical sketch that traces the evolution of King's philosophy.

Pitre, Mergione. "The Economic Philosophy of Martin L. King, Jr." The Review of Black Political Economy 9, No. 2 (Winter 1979): 191-98.

Describes King's plans for on-the-job training, federal housing, and a guaranteed income programs in the United States.

Scott, Robert L. "Black Power Bends Martin Luther King." In The Rhetoric of Black Power, edited by Robert L. Scott and Wayne Brockriede, pp. 166-77, New York: Harper & Row, 1969.

Explains King's attitude toward the Black Power movement.

Sharma, Mohan Lal. "Martin Luther King; Modern America's Greatest Theologian of Social Action." The Journal of Negro History LIII, No. 3 (July 1968): 257-63.

Discusses the intellectual movements that influenced King in his roles as theologian and activist.

Steinkraus, Warren E. "Martin Luther King's Personalism and Non-violence." Journal of the History of Ideas XXXIV, No. 1 (January-March 1973): 97-111.

Analyzes King's roles as a philosopher and a public leader who advocated non-violence.

Ward, Brian. Review of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Volume I: Called to Serve. January 1929–June 1951, ed. by Clayborne Carson, Ralph E. Luker, and Penny Russell. Journal of American Studies 26, No. 3 (December 1992): 470-71.

Provides a favorable review of Called to Serve, a collection of King's papers and essays delineating "the evolution of King's religious and social thought."

Willhelm, Sidney M. "Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Black Experience in America." Journal of Black Studies 10, No. 1 (September 1979): 3-19.

Critiques King's analysis in Where Do We Go from Here of how economic factors affect African Americans.

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