The Declaration Of Independence And Martin Luther King 's I Have A Dream

928 Words Sep 21st, 2015 4 Pages
Freedom is underappreciated in today’s society. It is a luxury that people ignore and are oblivious to its existence. However, freedom is the core idea of America and its history is a huge part of how life is today. This essay will be over The Declaration of Independence and Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream. The key concept in the texts is freedom and justice. The colonist wanted the shackles of Great Britain removed the same way African Americans wanted them removed from segregation. Even though the two texts were written hundreds of years apart they both had the same approach on getting their point across. The Declaration of Independence was very formal and had a precise format to follow. They first stated what the purpose was. Saying, “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve political bands which have connected to one another,” The first sentence of the declaration is coming straight out and saying that they don’t want any part of Britain anymore, and that they want to be their own people. Martin Luther King, however, did not want to break off from the whites. He simply wanted the blacks to have the same rights that was granted to the colonies on July 1776. He then explains how the Emancipation Proclamation gave them “freedom” from slavery but they were not granted their rights. He then said, “But one hundred years later, the Negro is still not free; one hundred years later, the life of a Negro is still sadly crippled by the…

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