Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Sermonic Power of Public Discourse

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Sermonic Power of Public Discourse

by John Louis Lucaites
     
 

This immensely thought-provoking book addresses these questions by focusing on five representative works: 'Death of Evil on the Seashore, ' 'Letter from Birmingham Jail.' 'I Have a Dream.' 'A Time to Break Silence, ' and 'I've Been to the Mountaintop.' See more details below

Overview

This immensely thought-provoking book addresses these questions by focusing on five representative works: 'Death of Evil on the Seashore, ' 'Letter from Birmingham Jail.' 'I Have a Dream.' 'A Time to Break Silence, ' and 'I've Been to the Mountaintop.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817306892
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
05/28/1993
Series:
Albma Rhetoric Cult & Soc Crit Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Alabama as Egypt: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Religion of Slaves18
2The American Dilemma in King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"33
3Reconstruction of the Rhetorical Situation in "Letter from Birmingham Jail"50
4Covenanted Rights: The Metaphoric Matrix of "I Have a Dream"66
5Universalizing "Equality": The Public Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.85
6"I Have a Dream": The Performance of Theology Fused with the Power of Orality104
7When "Silence Is Betrayal": An Ethical Criticism of the Revolution of Values in the Speech at Riverside Church127
8The Last Mountaintop of Martin Luther King, Jr.147
9The Call from the Mountaintop: Call-Response and the Oratory of Martin Luther King, Jr.162
Notes179
References213
Contributors231
Index235

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