Abstract

Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech exhibits an "integrative" rhetorical style that mirrors and maintains King's call for a racially integrated America. Employing the theoretical concepts of voice merging, dynamic spectacle, and the prophetic voice, this essay examines how text and context converge to form a rhetorical moment consonant with the goals of the speech, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the nonviolent direct-action civil rights movement.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-5238
Print ISSN
1094-8392
Pages
pp. 51-78
Launched on MUSE
2006-06-05
Open Access
No
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