In Why We Can't Wait (1964), an account of his efforts to desegregate Birmingham, and Where Do We Go from Here? (1967), his response to the Black Power movement, King utilizes the Israelite' exodus from Egypt as a metaphor for the civil rights movement and suggests nonviolent solutions to the problem of social injustice. King further implements biblical theology, along with the philosophies of Gandhi and George Wilhelm Fried rich Hegel, in Stride toward Freedom (1958), a discussion of the events leading up to the Montgomery bus boycott. In his "I Have a Dream" speech, King paints a vision of a "promised land" of justice and racial equality. In the celebrated Letter from Birmingham City Jail, a commentary directed at his critics, King again displays his sermonize style and use of biblical allusions and rhetoric.
In his review of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (Mill, 1835) states that Tocqueville wrote the book not to determine whether democracy shall come, but how to make the best of it when it does” this assessment seems accurate and I will explore it in this essay. In explaining and evaluating why he decided to explore democracy by writing about America I will begin by looking by looking at both Tocqueville’s origins and his life situations and beliefs and then looking at the situation in France at the time Tocqueville made his decision to write Democracy in America and how this influenced him to do so. I will then move onto why he chose America of all the countries in the world to study democracy in throughout the essay and after each section
Martin Luther King Jr. was a pivotal member in the Civil Rights movement and was an advocate for peaceful protest to gain equality. The March on Washington was held on August 28, 1963 and was a crucial event in the Civil Rights Movement in which King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. His speech displayed how one could protest peacefully, whilst, his audience, the American people, absorbed the message whole-heartedly due to his use of rhetorical devices. The purpose of King’s speech was to broadcast to the American people that they should protest peacefully instead of protesting with violence. King shows his message by recommending, “We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.” Additionally, he believed that one should not exhaust their efforts on violence.
Alexis de Tocqueville penned Democracy in America after he spent month America in the 1831, where he witnessed a new democratic system. He found it’s concepts to have unique strengths and weaknesses that he believed could be the inspiration for the new government of post-revolution France. The concepts of limiting individualism, encouraging positive associations, and moderating the tyranny of the majority that Tocqueville observed during his trip in America helped build as well as maintain the new democratic republic built after the revolution. As soon as America became from British rule, their groundwork for their new government that was accessible to it’s citizens helped cement them as a true democracy since it contended with individualism. Tocqueville noticed that after a successful democratic revolution, people tended to isolate themselves and focus their personal interests since there was no longer a common goal to fight for.
King sermonized this in his speech to give hope. In the speech he states, “only when it is dark enough can you see the stars”. This is a proclamation designed to explain that the reason things may seem so bad, is because this is the time alone that the light can shine. King then lectures in his speech, “let us move on in these powerful days of challenge, to make America what it ought to be.” This country’s potential must be seen through, where we end may not be clear but those who can must take a stand in this fight and strive for the correct way. The operation of identity (the civil rights movement) is heading in a direction where all will prosper and all life will be deemed
American author and motivational speaker, John Canfield once said: “One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas Gandhi in India, Nelson Mandela in South Africa are examples of people standing up with courage and non-violence to bring about needed changes.” True enough, many great changes in history were initiated by individuals who opted not to keep silent in the midst of injustice. Citizens should take action when they feel that the state is implementing unjust laws. But how can you express your objection? – Protest!
Martin Luther King wrote his famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail," in response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by eight religious leaders of the South. The statement "A Call For Unity", implored Dr. King and his "outsiders" to obey the law and wait for integration to naturally come out of the courts. King responded with his Letter from Birmingham Jail, voicing his disappointment in the white clergy, who should be "among our strongest allies". This was the persuasive power of King’s writing, an epitome of the art of rhetoric. His letter used the three rhetorical appeals ethos, pathos, and logos, while also utilizing the literary device of kairos in an attempt to explain his actions and change the opinions of his audience.
He gave this speech on April third in order to talk about both the election and how African-American people should proceed in order to benefit from the election. In the speech “The Ballot or the Bullet” Malcolm X utilizes antithesis, allusion, and metaphors in order to convince his audience to take a stand against segregation whether peacefully, if possible, and if not, by force. The first of the three strategies X used in this speech was Antithesis. As he introduces the speech, uses the phrase, “Baptist, or a Methodist, or a Muslim, or a nationalist.” All of these people have very different
In response, Kennedy gave ‘The Civil Rights Address’ speech, which is seen as a turning point in Kennedy’s position towards the conflict. Jonathan Rieder, a journalist from The Atlantic, wrote that ‘It required the Birmingham civil rights movement -- and the tough-minded theory of social change that King spelled out in the "Letter from Birmingham Jail" -- to provoke Kennedy’s speech into being’ , supporting the concept that it was not Kennedy himself responsible for the passage or proposal of the Bill, but the pressure of activist leaders and escalating violence that pushed him to support Civil Rights. Some argue that rather than political power, ‘It was Martin Luther King and the Birmingham
He claimed, “Let both sides explore what problems unite us, instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.” Previously, he supported his claim using causal inference that explained the benefits of freedom and peace over war and oppression. He said, “United, there is little we cannot do, in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do. For we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds, and split asunder.” Furthermore, Kennedy also called for action through his famous line which said, “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” He claimed that the people were called for “a struggle against the common enemies of man-- tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.” Again, he used causal inference.
“Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush” was written by Gary Scott Smith, the book goes in depth about how presidencies brought religion to America and its government. This book was written to be read by students and scholars looking to further their knowledge about the presidents’ religious views and how they used their views in office. Gary Scott Smith is currently the chair and professor of history at Grove City College, were he graduated from in 1972 with a bachelor’s in art in Psychology. He also has his master’s in art in American History from John Hopkins which he received in 1979. In 1981 he received his Ph.
America is now mostly firmly united and as firmly resolved to defend their liberties ad infinitum against every power” The author was biased in how certain he is the colonies will be willing to act recognizing that he was the person to lodge the motion to declare independence in 1776. However, Lee is right that there is a value of liberty in the Colonies. This value was what the identity of the colonies came from. Identity and Unity is highly important when any act of rebellion occurs. The French Revolution serves as an important parallel between the American Revolution and the French Revolution.