JFK was assassinated and shared many similarities to Abraham Lincoln, the guy who began MLR Jr.’s dream by abolishing slavery. Place: Washington D.C. The nation’s capital
Symbolizes that this message is important to the entire nation (unity) Ideas: Key idea (premise): “All men are created equal.” Segregation does not produce equality.
The nation will not truly be free under racial segregation. Audience Intended audience (those who are supposed to hear): the entire U.S. Extremely diverse; very populous; vast
Spread out; many different beliefs Receptive audience (targeted audience: those who must hear): the southern U.S. Premise: minorities are inferior to whites; they’re not human/citizens.
Very bitter and resentful because of the Civil War and the economic effects of the abolishment of slavery
Violent; a deep culture of propaganda that made them embrace negative ideas about minorities Purpose Persuasion: to persuade southern whites to believe that “All men are created equal and to abolish segregation and Jim Crow laws.
The audience should think that this is an urgent matter; if change doesn’t happen through nonviolent means, violence will likely prevail. Subject Main idea First list key topics
Topics: segregation; racial inequality; racism; Jim Crow laws; national unity; freedom
Main idea: If segregation and racial inequality are not eliminated, the U.S. will never be a truly free and unified nation. The text is describing a problem Key problem: racial inequality and segregation
Key words and phrases: His repeated “I Have a Dream!” shows what life will be like if the problem is fixed. Tone Tone: the writer’s attitude
Tone words: Allusive: several allusions to Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address, to the Arthurian legend, to the Bible, to the Declaration of Independence, and to the Constitution.
Urgent: he maintains that if the voices of minorities are not heard today, trouble will soon follow.
Concerned/hopeful: He is concerned about the future of his children, but he is hopeful through the repeated “I have a dream today.”