Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech That Inspired a Nation

Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech That Inspired a Nation

by Drew Hansen
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Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Drew Hansen

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., electrified the nation when he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In The Dream, Drew D. Hansen explores the fascinating and little-known history of King's legendary address. The Dream insightfully considers how King's speech "has slowly remade the American imagination," and led us closer to King's visionary goal of a redeemed America.

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ISBN-13: 9780060084776
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2005
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,279,576
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Drew D. Hansen, a Harvard graduate and a Rhodes Scholar, studied theology at Oxford University, and went on to earn his J.D. at Yale Law School. He practices law in Seattle.

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Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech That Inspired a Nation 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drew Hansen describes the time leading up to MLK's famous speech that inspired the nation. He discusses the cadence and rhythm of the speech that stays with the listener and reader. He follows that with MLK's frustration as he tries to bring the civil rights movement to the north. Hansen transports the reader to the emotion and history of the civil rights era. The Dream is a fast and rewarding read for one interested in a deeper insight into the thoughts and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
-JA More than 1 year ago
The novel that I had the privilege of reading really opened my eyes further to a different world nearly 50 years ago. The Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation, describes the days when African Americans were limited and penalized by the vain beliefs of the southern society. Integration was unthinkable until Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech and inspired others to stand up for their rights. The major themes were integrity, bravery, and true honesty. Those themes were conveyed within the speech and even in the personality of the preacher, Martin Luther King Jr. himself. I think integrity was expressed in this novel the most because there were strong morals and principles that defined the true meaning behind Martin Luther King Jr.¿s Speech. My favorite part of this novel was on page 80 and it was a part of his speech that expressed all of his dreams for his people and himself. What I disliked greatly was the formality of this novel. It wasn¿t necessarily written as a story but rather a collection of facts and evidence. It was somewhat dry and cold because of that. It is my personal belief that this book would be excellent for a project or historical enhancement, but not for pleasure. There was nothing that captured my interest completely. There were some parts here and there that were all right but not good enough. I would recommend this novel for those who enjoy history and citizens right topics. I would not recommend it to those who enjoy more fantasy based novels and imagination. Other books on this subject include books about Martin Luther King Jr. and the African American rights movement. I would personally give this book a 3 since I like citizen right movements but I also enjoy some imagination and creativity, which it lacked. This novel was a good choice though despite the lack of creativity because it shows that we are sheltered from the world of difficulty and cruelty. I learned that we are extremely lucky to live in such good times where the amount of prejudice is limited and people look out for one another. Back in the south of 1963, conditions for those who had a different colored skin tone were harsh. Their lives were filled with violence and hatred of all sorts because they dared to be different. It wasn¿t like they had much of a choice either, but that is how people saw the world, in black and white. The Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation shows what really happened between those crooked white southerners and the African Americans, all sides of the tale.
Kayleigh Harnden More than 1 year ago
im in fith gradw i know this speach by heart this man rules
Guest More than 1 year ago
The year is 1963 the month is august it is 41 years ago but, the beliefs stay strong today. Yes, 41 ago a man name Martin Luther King JR. one of the leaders of SNCC and NAACP made the great speech the ¿I have a dream¿ speech where he preach on about equity and human rights. The speech was in Washington D.C. at the Lincoln memorial. You see the speech started with the march for jobs and freedom to Washington for the civil rights movement. Over 210,000 People showed up to the memorial and tons watch on T.V. at home for one of the greatest speeches in history. I thought this book was exquisite. The author Drew D. Hansen did a good job explaining the facts. Threw out the story you get a good understanding of the book and the history of the cause for civil rights. All this information and understanding of African Americans history is astonishing coming for a white author. That¿s the amazing thing though in today world even though that much hasn¿t changed at least all races are starting to understand each other so; we don¿t make the same mistakes. I think that¿s all Martin Luther King J.R. was ever trying to say. I recommend this book to anyone that wants to have a better understanding of his speech so; go get the book the ¿The Dream¿ by Drew D. Hansen.