About this Assignment
In reading and researching Martin Luther King Jr.'s "A Letter from a Birmingham Jail," in which he addresses criticism of his actions, you will:
Identify and analyze the writer's purpose and message to the intended audience.
Identify the historical context of the piece and draw inferences about how prevailing public opinions or concerns influenced the writer.
- Analyze the writer's use of claims, support, and rhetorical strategies to ensure that the readers understand his or her message, to evoke emotions from the readers, and to influence readers.