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Thieny Nguyen Professor Jacoby ENG 205 27 November 2009 Analytical Paper #6 Techniques used in “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Racial discrimination has existed in the United States for over two centuries, which makes millions of African Americans suffer from the injustice brought about by white America. One of the civil rights activists whose efforts contributed in ending segregation is Martin Luther King Jr. With a persuasive tone and articulate thought, his Letter from Birmingham Jail, in 1963, has become the sun shining justice on people still in the “dark depths of prejudice and racism.” Letter from Birmingham Jail is an eloquent writing with effective writing techniques, such as citing well-known white men in history, the use of emotion, and the biblical character, Paul. First, the most remarkable technique involves King citing well-known white men’s words. He cites John Bunyan, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson, men who were educated and passionate about justice. Some may wonder why King does that, and the answer is that King
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