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    Martin Luther King Jr. and Jonathan Swift

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    A 4 page paper that discusses Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal. The paper examines them separately. No additional sources cited.

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    addressed injustice in different ways. Swift was well known for his satirical comments on the social and political turmoil of humanity and King was clearly a man who sought to  set right the injustice done to the African American people in the United States. The following paper analyzes Martin Luther King Jr.s Letter from Birmingham Jail and then analyzes Jonathan  Swifts essay A Modest Proposal. The paper does not compare and contrast or discuss the two together. Martin Luther King Jr.s Letter From Birmingham Jail Kings letter is  a letter in response to clergymen who were apparently against all he was doing in relationship to supporting nonviolent protestors. In many ways his work was addressing those who felt  it was better to wait and let time fix the injustice in the nation towards African Americans. But, King knew full well that sitting back and waiting would not change  anything for it surely had not done so in the many decades that had passed since the end of the Civil War. King indicates that centuries had actually passed, centuries  that involved the beginning of slavery: We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God-given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike  speed toward gaining political independence, but we stiff creep at horse-and-buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter" (King). King indicates that while it would  be nice if things changed, people needed to actively become involved. King was very much a supporter of non violent approaches to change, and indicates that civil disobedience was necessary,  and surely nothing new: "Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience" (King). Throughout Kings essay a person can read intellectual influence towards the audience 

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