King's dream

by Sundquist, Eric J.

Format: Print Book 2009
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E185.97.K5 S864 2009
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  E185.97.K5 S864 2009

Includes the entire text of "I Have A Dream"

"I have a dream"--no words are more widely recognized, or more often repeated, than those called out from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1963. King's speech, elegantly structured and commanding in tone, has become shorthand not only for his own life but for the entire civil rights movement. In this new exploration of the "I have a dream" speech, Eric J. Sundquist places it in the history of American debates about racial justice--debates as old as the nation itself--and demonstrates how the speech, an exultant blend of grand poetry and powerful elocution, perfectly expressed the story of African American freedom.


This book is the first to set King's speech within the cultural and rhetorical traditions on which the civil rights leader drew in crafting his oratory, as well as its essential historical contexts, from the early days of the republic through present-day Supreme Court rulings.  At a time when the meaning of the speech has been obscured by its appropriation for every conceivable cause, Sundquist clarifies the transformative power of King's "Second Emancipation Proclamation" and its continuing relevance for contemporary arguments about equality.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "To this day, nobody knows what prompted Martin Luther King Jr. to depart from his prepared remarks during the August 28, 1963, March on Washington and deliver what is probably the most famous impromptu speech in American history. Was it the realization that the 40-year-old preacher from Atlanta hadn't yet connected with his audience? Was it the manifest destiny he felt as a child, that one day he would "have me some big words" like the preacher of his own church? Or was it the provocation of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, who called to King to "Tell 'em about the dream, Martin!" According to Sundquist (To Wake the Nation), not even the master orator could put a finger on his extemporization. "I started out reading the speech," King recalled, then "all of a sudden this thing came out of me." The author investigates the origin of King's powerful words and places them in the context of JFK's political maneuverings, the powerful new medium of television news and the complicated strategy behind the simple march. Exhaustively researched, this book delivers an exegesis of the speech and a captivating account of King's motivations and turbulent times. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Icons of America.
Subjects King, Martin Luther, -- Jr., -- 1929-1968 -- Oratory.
King, Martin Luther, -- Jr., -- 1929-1968. -- I have a dream.
King, Martin Luther, -- Jr., -- 1929-1968 -- Language.
King, Martin Luther, -- Jr., -- 1929-1968 -- Political and social views.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History.
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History.
Equality -- United States -- History.
United States -- Race relations.
Southern States -- Race relations.
Publisher New Haven :Yale University Press,2009
Language English
Notes Series from jacket.
"A Caravan book"--T.p. verso.
Description viii, 295 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-275) and index.
ISBN 9780300118070 (cloth : alk. paper)
0300118074 (cloth : alk. paper)
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