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I have a dreamthat my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skinbut by the content of their characterI have a dream today Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr Martin Luther Kings I have a dream is one of the most well known speeches in American history It emphasizes an ideal America where there is no prejudice no hate where everyone is equal In the heat of the moment during that overwhelming march on Washington his dream sounds plausible Even today the speech sounds noble and impressive But is it a realistic dream If you want to get technical a dream is usually a far off fantasy of something youd like to see come true You dream about being rich one day You dream of meeting the perfect manwoman Dreams idealize the way you think things should be You can pass all the civil rights laws you want But you cannot change the way people feel about other people And once again equality becomes a dream Lets take a look at the aftermath of the American Civil War During the years of Reconstruction a soon to be infamous group known as the Ku Klux Klan KKK made its first appearance The northerners were in favor of hunting down and killing every member of the KKK for the atrocities they committed against newly freed slaves However Margaret Mitchells famous novel Gone With the Wind offers a different and in my opinion slightly skewed justification of the KKK But these ignominies and dangers were as nothing compared with the peril of white womenbereftof male protection It was the large number of outrages on women and thefear for the safety of their wives and daughters that drove Southern men to cold and trembling fury and caused the Ku Klux Klan to spring up overnight And it was against this
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