Ring Out Freedom!: The Voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement

Ring Out Freedom!: The Voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement

by Fredrik Sunnemark

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Ring Out Freedom!: The Voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement by Fredrik Sunnemark

Martin Luther King, Jr. was more than the civil rights movement's most
visible figure, he was its voice. This book describes what went into the creation of
that voice. It explores how King used words to define a movement. From a place
situated between two cultures of American society, King shaped the language that
gave the movement its identity and meaning. Fredrik Sunnemark shows how
materialistic, idealistic, and religious ways of explaining the world coexisted in
King's speeches and writings. He points out the roles of God, Jesus, the church, and
"the Beloved Community" in King's rhetoric. Sunnemark examines King's use
of allusions, his strategy of employing different meanings of key ideas to speak to
different members of his audience, and the way he put into play international ideas
and events to achieve certain rhetorical goals. The book concludes with an analysis
of King's development after 1965, examining the roots, content, and consequences of
his so-called radicalization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253110817
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 11/20/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 349 KB

About the Author

Fredrik Sunnemark is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at University
Trollhättan-Uddevalla, Sweden.

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