Letter From A Birmingham Jail And The Declaration Of Individualism

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Letter from a Birmingham Jail and The Declaration of Individualism

Although the time periods and goals may be different the method for

bringing about change is usually the same, this method is protest. This method

is supported by two different people, in two different time periods, with two

different goals; these two people are Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King


Martin Luther King Junior 's letter from a Birmingham Jail was an

expression of his encouragement for protest against tradition and established

laws and a justification for his actions. King, a leader of a civil-rights

group that supported protest against traditional views, encouraged protesting

against tradition and established laws that are unjust. In his letter from

Birmingham Jail King states:

"It was illegal to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler 's Germany. Even so, I am

sure that, had I lived in Germany at that time, I would have aided and comforted

my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain

principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate

disobeying that country 's anti-religious laws."

This excerpt shows that King encourages protest because in some situations he

deems it necessary, be it in Hitler 's Germany, a Communist country, or any

situation in which injustices are occurring. In the last sentence of the

excerpt King openly admits that he would protest against established laws or…

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