Analysis Of I Have A Dream Speech

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The year was 1963, many historical feats were occurring, John Steinbeck wins the noble peace prize, Nixon and Kennedy have the first televised debate, Mohamed Ali wins a gold medal and the Civil Rights Movement at its climax in America. As the chaos of segregation was unfolding in the Southern states, Governor George C. Wallace and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, were at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. In the beginning of the year, Governor Wallace will address his constituents with his, “Segregation Now, Segregation Forever” speech and seven months later, Dr. King will deliver his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech. The two speeches will be comparatively presented side by side using Kairos, Ethos, Logos, and Pathos. These two…show more content…
It was in 1863 that President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and by coincidence, one hundred years later, Dr. King will be addressing more than 200,000 supporters fighting the same fight. As the prominent Dr. King put it, “… the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon of light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared by the flames of withering injustice” ( In other words, Dr. King is stating that it was time to confront those who have not upheld equality and fairness which was their rights as Americans. He was basing his speech on the very foundation that America was built. And this point was vital, as black Americans were still struggling to obtain their rights as they did one hundred years earlier. Dr. King and Governor Wallace, both use strong evidence to strengthen their credibility, which appeals to Ethos. Governor Wallace attended the University of Alabama and graduated with a law degree. As his grandfather was involved in politics, it would only be natural that Governor Wallace would follow in his footsteps. In the political arena he held different key positions, which helped this solidify his experience to run for governor. In his first attempt for the gubernatorial seat of Alabama, he lost to an opponent who was a segregationist. Four years later, with the strong backing of the Ku Klux Klan, he would run on the platform of pro segregation which was a topic that most Southerners
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