Civil Disobedience

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What rhetorical strategies were applied by Martin Luther King Jr. in "Letter from Birmingham Jail  and which of those was likely most important in influencing the readers of that time?

In Birmingham, Ala., in the spring of 1963, King's campaign to end segregation at lunch counters and in hiring practices drew nationwide attention when police turned dogs and fire hoses on the demonstrators. King was jailed along with large numbers of his supporters, including hundreds of schoolchildren. His supporters did not, however, include all the black clergy of Birmingham, and he was strongly opposed by some of the white clergy who had issued a statement urging the blacks not to support the demonstrations. From the Birmingham jail King wrote a letter of great eloquence in which he spelled out his philosophy of nonviolence. This essay, entitled "Letter From Birmingham Jail  demonstrates Kings exceptional literary prowess by his mastery of several rhetorical strategies to persuade.

King's rhetorical strategy to influence his audience in "Letter From Birmingham Jail  is that of a three-pronged approach. In an effort to aid in King's goal to alter societal structure, its evi

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