Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

African-American Studies / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A study of Martin Luther King Jr.’s `Letter from Birmingham Jail` that closely analyzes his writing technique and the effectiveness of his argument.

This paper rhetorically analyzes Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, and his great blend of logic and emotion. It describes the human rights demonstrations of that time. The paper illustrates how this letter states the goals and struggles of the African-American civil rights movement and the blind ignorance of the southern whites.
History will remember Martin Luther King, Jr. as one of the greatest writers and speakers of the twentieth century. He carefully blended logic and theory with passion and force to mold his eloquent ideas into formidable arguments. One of his greatest works is his Letter from Birmingham Jail. This letter was written in response to an public statement composed by eight Alabama clergyman. The original document questioned and denounced the recent human rights demonstrations by Negro citizens. While in jail, King read this statement in a newspaper and proceeded to write his rebuttal, a lengthy yet concise perspective of the current racial strife. This rebuttal turned into the famous Letter from Birmingham Jail, a desegregationalist’s discussion of the civil rights movement. King’s letter focuses on his responsibilities and goals, the Negro’s struggles and hopes, and the white man’s ignorance and resistance.


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