Ethos In Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Ethos in Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. was jailed for parading without a permit while in Birmingham, Alabama speaking out on the Civil Rights movement. Eight white clergymen published a letter in the local newspaper criticizing King’s actions and discrediting him as an outsider. King responded to their accusations by writing a ”Letter from Birmingham Jail”. King begins his letter using ethos to establish his credentials and backs up his actions while he continues to express his views on civil rights issues. King’s letter opens with a respectful tone by addressing the white clergymen as “My Dear Fellow Clergymen” (King 738). He uses his salutation to attempt to embrace and make
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