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"I have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

Declaration of Independence and Crisis 1 by Thomas Jefferson

“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards

"I Have a Dream" speech by Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King explains America's past racism remain a serious challenge to his hope for a nation that lives out its most cherished values - liberty and justice for all.

During this time period when Martin Luther King Jr. was presenting this speech their were segregation and racism.

The people reacted to his speech great because it give people hope that change will come one day and we will be equal.


Declaration Of Independence and Crisis 1 by Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson explains that it's important to state why America is separating from Britain. He claims certain basic right for the colonist he said the English King was abusing theses rights. Basic on these abuses the colony's is independent from Britain the colonist pledge.

During this time period America was declaring independence from Great Britain. The people reaction from this was good because they're free from being under Great Britain commands.

“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards

Edwards found the words he wanted in Deuteronomy 32:35: “Their foot shall slide in due time.” This short sentence was taken from a long passage, undoubtedly read in its entirety to the congregation, that enunciates God’s anger toward the perversity and the unfaithfulness of the people of Israel.

During this time was a waning interest in religion and Edwards took a part in making his congregation understand that all mankind stands at the mouth of hell. He was particularly known for his references to hell and how each day, every person must fight the battle to keep his soul from being drawn into temptation, and from the mouth of hell itself.

Edwards, Jonathan. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God a Sermon Preached at Enfield, July 8th, 1741. At a Time of Great Awakenings ; and Attended with Remarkable Impressions on Many of the Hearers.New-York: Printed by James Oram for Cornelius Davis, eller, No. 112 Water-Street, 1796. Print.

King, Martin L., Jr. ""I Have a Dream"" N.p., 13 Mar. 2015. Web

  • Website Title: ushistory.org
  • Article Title: Declaration of Independence
  • Publisher: Independence Hall Association
  • Date Accessed: March 12, 2015

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