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Literary Devices In Jfk Civil Rights Address

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Civil Rights is defined as “the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality.” America was near the height of the civil rights movement when President John F. Kennedy gave the “Civil Rights Address” on June 11, 1963. The whole country was at a standoff with one side pushing back at the other for wanting their rights, like a race war. This was demonstrated with the first nonviolent protest sit in that took place in Greensboro, North Carolina 1960. Although it was and still is an uphill battle, Kennedy fought for equal rights among every American with rhetoric/ literary devices such as; allusion,logos, parallelism and powerful diction. In the beginning, President Kennedy starts his speech by addressing the issue at hand by using allusion and powerful diction. Kennedy is speaking to his American audience on the unfitting civil disputes that have erupted throughout the nation during his presidency. “ Today, we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all that wish to be free.” This sentence in Kennedy’s speech demonstrates not only the problem at hand in America using the literary tactic allusion, but it is also used to inspire the American people to make a difference in the world on how we treat each other. That we are all created equal and should as all our mothers have voiced before, “treat others as you would like to be treated.” Thus, making way for conversation to move to the next stage, logics. After his opening

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