Martin Luther King's ‘Dream Speech’: The Rhetoric of Social Leadership
This chapter explores Martin Luther King's leadership in the acquisition of civil rights for black Americans in the 1960s. It considers the significance of speech and language and describes the origins and guidelines established by the ancient Greeks in the art of rhetoric. It explores Aristotle's model of rhetoric, and uses it to investigate the recent examples of rhetoric, in particular an analysis of Martin Luther's ‘Dream Speech’.
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