A Letter From Birmingham Jail Review Essay

A Letter From Birmingham Jail Review Essay

Introduces and discusses Martin Luther King Jr.s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” written in 1963.

… King wrote this letter as he was imprisoned in the Birmingham Jail in 1963, following his arrest during protest marches in Birmingham, Alabama on April 12, 1963. He was arrested along with Ralph Abernathy. The letter responds to a letter King received, “deploring” his involvement in the demonstrations.
He addresses the clergymen who accuse him directly, and refutes their arguments on several occasions, including. “You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations” (King). He continued to say the …

… slap and kick old Negro men and young boys; if you were to observe them, as they did on two occasions, refuse to give us food because we wanted to sing our grace together. I cannot join you in your praise of the Birmingham police department” (King).
Kings letter is an act of persuasion from beginning to end. He states his thesis early on, backs up his statements with illustrations and commentary, and leads the reader to the climax of the piece, where he states his final thoughts and arguments. “One day the South will know that when these …

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