Civil Disobedience, Dr. Martin Luther King, Letter to a Birmingham Jail

Civil Disobedience, Dr. Martin Luther King, Letter to a Birmingham Jail

For this project, you will construct an account of Dr. King’s argument in a formal academic essay. “On April 12, 1963 Martin Luther King was arrested for violating Alabama’s law against mass public demonstrations, without a permit. On the day of his arrest, eight white Birmingham clergy members wrote a criticism that was published in the Birmingham News. “However, we are now confronted by a series of demonstrations by some of our Negro citizens, directed and led in part by outsiders. We recognize the natural impatience of people who feel that their hopes are slow in being realized. But we are convinced that these demonstrations are unwise and untimely” (Alabama Clergymen).
King writes his response to defend his organization’s actions in which the letter is also an appeal to not only the white but also the black American society. It is also invoked to the social, political, and religious community, and the whole of American society; to encourage desegregation and the support of solidarity and equality among all Americans without stratifications according to racial differences.

Part 1. Introduction
1.   Introduce the author and her project. Address:
Credibility
Project (What sort of work King set out to do, how, and why?)
2.  The author’s main argument – what point is he trying to get readers to understand?
3. State the direction of your analysis and the steps you will take to get us there (E.g., “In my analysis of King’s letter I will examine X and show Y.”)

Part 2. The Body Paragraphs:, your central analysis
In this section, you will analyze at least 3 major claims from the text and use outside sources for additional evidence (Other readings)
For each dependent claim, you will:
Identify Dr. King’s claim in your own words
Identify and explain how:1) the text supports the claim and 2) how the outside source supports or complicates the claim.
Explain how rhetorical components/strategies support the claim
Discuss the significance of Dr. King’s claims
Use appropriate examples and quotes from the text

Part 3: Your conclusion, which tells us “So What?”
In this section, discuss issues of significance / effectiveness.
Consider as a whole Dr. King’s argument.
Consider the effectiveness of the argument – focus on key strengths or weaknesses, particularly use examples from text.
What is the significance of the argument – why does it matter? Has the author impacted your thinking/views on this topic? If so, in what way?

Part 1. Introduction
1.   Introduce the author and her project. Address:
Credibility
Project (What sort of work King set out to do, how, and why?)
2.  The author’s main argument – what point is he trying to get readers to understand?
3. State the direction of your analysis and the steps you will take to get us there (E.g., “In my analysis of King’s letter I will examine X and show Y.”)

Part 2. The Body Paragraphs:, your central analysis
In this section, you will analyze at least 3 major claims from the text and use outside sources for additional evidence (Other readings)
For each dependent claim, you will:
Identify Dr. King’s claim in your own words
Identify and explain how:1) the text supports the claim and 2) how the outside source supports or complicates the claim.
Explain how rhetorical components/strategies support the claim
Discuss the significance of Dr. King’s claims
Use appropriate examples and quotes from the text

Part 3: Your conclusion, which tells us “So What?”
In this section, discuss issues of significance / effectiveness.
Consider as a whole Dr. King’s argument.
Consider the effectiveness of the argument – focus on key strengths or weaknesses, particularly use examples from text.
What is the significance of the argument – why does it matter? Has the author impacted your thinking/views on this topic? If so, in what way?

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