great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation

Great american in whose symbolic shadow we stand

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great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of
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Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice...”. Ethos is applied as he alludes to the history of America and to Abraham Lincoln to establish credibility. He refers to the historical event of the signing of Emancipation Proclamation and of the goodwill that Lincoln’s action exhibited. Lincoln’s actions meant hope, however what was put in words was never actually followed. In the later parts of his speech, he refers to the founding fathers of the American nation and then makes an effort to establish the credibility of his point by speaking of their actions and intentions. Their dream of a free, equal and happy nation had not been fulfilled. “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir”. By architects of the republic, he is meaning to say the founding fathers of the American nation. The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are documents of historical importance that he refers to for establishing credibility in his argument. In the next section of King’s speech, he uses the rhetorical strategy of pathos to engage the emotions of his audience. “Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children”. Martin Luther King Jr. was a non-violent and yet fiery leader who spoke with passion. Through his words, he was attempting to ignite the passion within his
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