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I Have A Dream

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A speech such as the one Martin Luther King Jr. delivered to the 200,000 people in Washington D.C., was designed to serve a specific purpose. He wrote the speech to deliver his ideas on a different society in which all races of people can live together in harmony. All of these people were gathered to listen to this speech and to voice their opinions through their presence, on civil rights.
The purpose of Martin Luther Kings speech was to persuade the people listening to him and also the people all over America to join in the fight for civil rights. He also wanted to convey his idea of a world in which all men are created equal. A world in which black men can live and work along with white men in social harmony.
In the introduction to his speech, Dr. King uses many parallels between his speech and Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation speech in an attempt to honor him for the steps he took to abolish slavery. He delivers his speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in a step to show appreciation for the late presidents actions to bring about more civil rights in the past. Second, Dr. King uses a similar style of speech that Lincoln used in his Proclamation address such as the use of the word 'score' instead of saying twenty years. In the introduction, Dr. King also gives a chronological history of the negro through the course of time in an effort to point out that blacks have not come very far in terms of freedom.
Throughout the body of his speech he gives a feeling of urgency that this problem needs to be corrected as soon as possible. He also ...

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