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Throughout American history it is clear that many individuals have fought forjustice in a society that has often denied it We know this information fromdocuments written by these individuals expressing their feelings on a certainsubject On the subject of human rights two specific men have expandedtheir thoughts to make a difference The very popular Dr Martin Luther KingJr whose main philosophy on civil disobedience revolved aroundnonviolence wrote a Letter From Birmingham Jail to eight clergymeninforming them of the situation in Birmingham Alabama in April of 1963 Henry David Thoreau a 19th century individualist wrote an essay calledCivil Disobedience in which he explained his reasons for not paying taxesto a government that was involved in an unjust war with Mexico Althoughthese works were written for different causes the two are similar in someways Both are similar in how they get the reader to see and feel what theBoth men King and Thoreau used emotional appeal in their work This was used to gain support from the reader by creating a feeling ofsympathy to be felt by the reader Dr Kings most emotional section was hisfeelings on segregation His feelings were based on how it was to be black living in a segregated environment This was extremely importantconsidering that he was directing his thoughts to the eight white clergymen He started a paragraph referring to the impact of segregation as stingingdarts The following sentences gave examples of the segregation and what itput black people through In one specific sentence King used the image ofyou having to tell your young innocent child that she cannot go to theamusement park simply because of the color of her skin King wrotewhen you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammeringas you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she cant go to thepublic amusement park that has just been advertised on television and seetears welling up in ger little eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed
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