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On Good Friday in 1963 53 blacks led by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr marched into downtown Birmingham Alabama to protest the existing segregation laws All were arrested This caused the clergymen of this Southern town to compose a letter appealing to the black population to stop their demonstrations In response to their letter King wrote back in what would be titled Letter From A Birmingham Jail Especially prevalent in the letter are Aristotles appeals which include logos ethos and pathos The concluding section of the document is a well rounded and demonstrates all of the appeals Rhetorical techniques and literary devices serve to further strengthen Kings argument and create a convincing argument that he is right in both his mission and his methods King immediately appeals to logos or logic when he states It is true that the police have exercised a degree of discipline in handing the demonstrators In this sense they have conducted themselves rather nonviolently in pubic But for what purpose To preserve the evil system of segregation The answer he gives to his question is correct and this is even clearer in retrospect By exposing the logical fallacies of the opposing argument he weakens the clergymens argument while at the same time strengthening his own In order to back up his point of view and turn himself into an authority for the audience King uses ethos Using repetition he writes Before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth we were here Before the pen of Jefferson etched the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence across the pages of history we were here Here he identifies himself as part of a group of people who have been in America just as long and at the same time stresses the repeated nature of the problem His ancestors suffered low wages injustice humiliation and countless atrocities under the rule of the white man By writing about such landmark events as the landing at Plymouth
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