Analysis Of Martin Luther King Jr 's Letter From Birmingham Jail

986 Words Oct 28th, 2014 4 Pages
Daniela Reynoso
October 26, 2014
Government I
Fall 2014
Throughout history, there have been many significant documents and speeches that enlighten and inform us on what is and was happening during those times. Abraham Lincoln’s speech, The Perpetuation of our Political Institutions, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Letter from Birmingham Jail are two important pieces of history. In Lincoln’s speech he speaks about the dangers of slavery in the United States and warned everybody that people who disrespected American laws could destroy the United States. On the other hand, Martin Luther King Jr. defended the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism, and argued that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws. Based on these facts, Martin Luther King Jr does not agree with Lincoln’s counsel. In Lincoln’s Speech he is developing on the idea that we are a democratic nation and we have to survive through all time because if we do not, we will not be a democracy anymore. It is either we stay democratic or commit suicide because there is no point in living if we are not democratic. Then, Lincoln continues to say that to avoid committing suicide (or to stay democratic) we have to follow all of our laws. We cannot let passion get in our way like it has before. For example, wanting more money or the development leading to slavery. We have to be reasonable, cold, and obey all the rules. Even though Lincoln does believe that there are bad and good laws,…
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