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I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Dr Martin Luther King a prominent African American leader in the equal rights movement delivered his most famous speech on the steps of the Lincoln memorial to an audience of hundreds of thousands of citizens white and black His inspiring speech pleaded for African American rights to be fully and undeniably recognized by all In his demanding I Have a Dream speech wins over his crowd by appealing equally to logos in his inductive evidence and deductive argument pathos by using powerful metaphors and ethos when alluding to the bible persona and past American history King appeals to logos mainly in his deductive and inductive arguments His strong deductive argument can be summed up as All Americans citizens are created equal and are guaranteed the inalienable rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness African Americans are American citizens and therefore African Americans are equal and are guaranteed the inalienable rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness He states his major premise When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness His minor premise is proven through his reference to citizens of color Through these two premises we can conclude that the African American deserve the constitutionally guaranteed rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness His appeal to logos is also strengthened through the evidence given in the inductive argument which states that the Negro is still not free The countless factual points he makes to support his claim are scattered throughout the entire speech The Negro crippled by segregation and discrimination is one piece of evidence in his inductive argument that appeal to
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