The first, Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" has been studied for years by students of composition for it's strong arguments and powerful wording

The first, Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” has been studied for years by students of composition for it’s strong arguments and powerful wording

This week, you’ve read two famous speeches from two different time periods. The first, Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” has been studied for years by students of composition for it’s strong arguments and powerful wording ( I strongly suggest that you listen to the audio while reading the text to get the full power of Dr. King’s oratory).

The second is a very recent speech by President Obama in Cairo where he talks about a number of issues.

Now, based on a careful analysis of the two speeches, answer the following questions:

1. How do the issues discussed in each speech give us clues about the time period they were made in?

2. Choose 3 quotes that stand out to you in each speech–why do they strike you? What are the authors trying to do in those quotes?

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-at-Cairo-University-6-04-09

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