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Doing Rhetorical Analysis: Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

Kelly Elmore

Presented at: ATLOSCon 2016

Date: May 26, 2016

If you enjoyed learning the basics of rhetoric in Kelly’s past classes (purpose, audience, and the rhetorical appeals: ethos, pathos, logos), you will enjoy applying them to one of Kelly’s most beloved rhetorical texts. MLK was a persuasion genius, and this piece is dripping with rhetorical appeals. Besides being inspiring, beautiful, and interesting historically, “LfaBJ” is a wonderful gateway to talking about rhetorical situation, a Rhetoric 201 concept that you’ll learn in this class. Participants should have read “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” before class. 


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