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Jessica Croll 9/16/08 Summary and questions Reader Chapter Four: The Constitutional Framework and the Individual: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions” by Abraham Lincoln and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Lincoln and MLK believe in achieving change through pacifism. Lincoln argues that injustice should be addressed within the constitutional framework (he implies through legal means). He believes that when mob law triumphs, the integrity of the nation and its government is challenged and Americans lose faith in their government. He holds that mob law leads to violence and confusion. In contrast, MLK contends that the U.S. system is flawed due to unjust laws. He believes that if blacks are denied the right to vote and the right to assemble peacefully then the U.S. government cannot represent black people because it doesn’t treat them like citizens. MLK believes that non-violent action, such as the peaceful assembly of persons increased negotiation.
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