Rhetorical Analysis Of Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Over the course of our American history we have seen the African American community fight for civil liberties since the formation of our country till the height of this fight in the 1960s, also known as the Civil Rights Era. Among one of the most belittling policies included segregation which kept blacks and whites separated. This brings us to Birmingham Alabama 1963, one of the most segregated cities in all of America. During this time the Southern Christian Leadership Conference staged many non-violent protests which were led by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr, a prominent leader during the Civil Rights Era. During these protest King was one of many arrested. As a prominent and popular figure King faced much criticism from many of the influential white clergymen in the south. King responded back with his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” a great and moving piece of literature in American history, in which he used rhetorical appeals to back his point by point rebuttal to his criticism, as well to back his counter critiques he would make back. The first critique the clergymen have for King his they call him an outside agitator. The first thing King does to respond to this was he establishes his rhetorical authority by saying how he is the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which has affiliates in Birmingham whom invited him to participate in a nonviolent direct action program. Too add to this he talks of the injustices that linger throughout
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