One Dream Or Two?

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One Dream or Two? is a critical historical, constitutional, and philosophical examination of Martin Luther King Jr's understanding of justice—his "Dream"—from within the context of the American political tradition. Nathan Schlueter introduces King's "I Have a Dream Speech" and then isolates elements of his larger vision for social justice—paying special attention to issues of racial discrimination, political economy, civil disobedience, and the relationship between politics and religion—situating those elements within historical, rhetorical, and political context.

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Editorial Reviews

One Dream or Two? is an important addition to the growing body of work on one of the most significant figures of the twentieth century.
Lucas Morel
Schlueter interprets the "I Have a Dream" speech through an insightful and extensive consideration of Martin Luther King Jr's social, religious, political, and economic thought. By juxtaposing King's appreciation of the American ideals of equality and freedom with King's criticism of how these principles were unequally practiced, Schlueter offers a more capacious assessment of King's "dream" than is typically rendered by either liberal or conservative commentators. Next to the speeches and writings of Martin Luther King Jr, One Dream or Two? offers the best introduction to King's political agenda and its place in the development of American liberalism.
Richard John Neuhaus
The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr is debated, should be debated, and likely will be debated for generations to come. This book is an uncommonly fair-minded and informed contribution to that debate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739104699
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathan Schlueter is Assistant Professor of Political Science at St. Ambrose University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Prologue Chapter 2 I Have A Dream Chapter 3 The Foundations of Liberalism in America and in King Chapter 4 Racial Discrimination Chapter 5 Political Economy Chapter 6 Civil Disobedience Chapter 7 Conclusion

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