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Gospel of freedom; Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the struggle that changed a nation.

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Gospel of freedom; Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the struggle that changed a nation.

Rieder, Jonathan.

Bloomsbury Press

2013

218 pages

$25.00

Hardcover

F334

In this accessible work for general readers, students, and scholars, Rieder (sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University) analyzes King's famous essay for what it reveals about King the philosopher, King the leader, and King the man. Rieder emphasizes that the essay is a combination of arguments and allusions taken from King's oral addresses to black audiences, and therefore he delves deeply into audio recordings of King's 1963 speeches. The author also draws on original interviews with King's colleagues. General readers and students especially will appreciate the book's first section, which gives historical context for the events that landed King in jail, and an appendix offering the complete text of the essay. The book also follows events after King left the jail and traces Birmingham's impact on the Kennedy administration. An epilogue explores the impact of the Letter in the 1960s and beyond. B&w historical photos are included.

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