Analysis of Claims about Power Directions



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Analysis of Claims about Power

Directions: Read and annotate each quote for claims about power, then respond to the prompt in a well-developed paragraph. Your paragraph must include a thesis which serves as the topic sentence for your paragraph. Cite your textual evidence with the author’s last name in parentheses. You may work with a partner, but you must each write your own paragraphs. Both paragraphs are due at the end of class.

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Non-violence in its dynamic condition means conscious suffering. It does not mean meek submission to the will of the evil-doer, but it means the pitting of one's whole soul against the will of the tyrant. Working under this law of our being, it is possible for a single individual to defy the whole might of an unjust empire to save his honour, his religion, his soul, and lay the foundation for that empire's fall or its regeneration.

-Ghandi
Explain how Dr. King’s claims about power in “Nonviolence and Racial justice” support or refute a claim about power made by Ghandi. Use quotes from both the Ghandi quote and Dr. King’s essay as support for your analysis.



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No, since the federal government has shown that it isn't going to do anything about it but talk, then it is a duty, it's your and my duty as men, as human beings, it is our duty to our people, to organize ourselves and let the government know that if they don't stop that Klan, we'll stop it ourselves. Then you'll see the government start doing something about it. But don't ever think that they're going to do it just on some kind of morality basis. No. So I don't believe in violence-- that's why I want to stop it. And you can't stop it with love, not love of those things down there. No! So, we only mean vigorous action in self-defense and that vigorous action we feel we're justified in initiating by any means necessary.



-Malcolm X

Explain how Dr. King’s claims about power in “Nonviolence and Racial justice” support or refute a claim about power made by Malcolm X. Use quotes from both the Malcolm X quote and Dr. King’s essay as support for your analysis.

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