martin luther king speech

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"Has Anything Changed? In his world-renowned speech, "I Have A Dream,  Martin Luther King Jr. describes his reflection of present-day America and his hopes of the future by dramatizing the disgraceful situation in which America is consumed. In 1963, when this speech was being given to the 200, 000 demonstrators that crowded Washington, D.C., racism was very high, despite the Emancipation Proclamation that had been signed one hundred years earlier. His essay was a major milestone in American history, and serves as a cornerstone to the beginning of equality in America. King's proposal to the American people of the 1960's is one of many strong rhetorical strategies used, defined and well rounded by the frequent use of imagery and comparing and contrasting past, present, and future America. Even today, King's speech, although originally aimed at demonstrators during the equal rights movement, affects American beliefs about and attitudes toward a more equal society: "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ˜We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'  His persuasive argument is saturated with

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