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Famous Speeches - Thomas Jefferson's "Declaration of Independence" and Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream"

Two of the most famous speeches In the United States calling for freedom are Thomas Jefferson's "***** ***** Independence" and ***** Lu*****r ***** "I Have a *****." It can be argued that King's speech is the more powerful and effective of the two for his purpose, the audience he addressed and his use of language.

The intended ***** affected how each man wrote his statement. Jefferson used elaborately structured language, *****cause ***** message was to the upper class and royalty of England. For instance, his opening sentence starts, "When, in ***** course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another...." This sentence contains seventy-***** words. By comparison, King's audience ***** the entire United States. His opening sentence is only seventeen words and immediately refers ***** the main *****sue directly by mentioning the Emancipation Proclamation. Jefferson's ***** continues with complex vocabulary ***** extremely long sentences, while King' speech is al***** like poetry in some places, creating clear images and using ***** that ***** easy to underst***** and to listen to. This is why we call it the "I ***** a dream" speech. That simple sentence resonates in the speech ***** communicates his intent very clearly.

The two statements also varied in content. Tomas Jefferson surely knew that all Colonists who could read would read The Declaration of Independence and that most ***** those who ***** not read it ***** hear it, but his audience was the rulers of England -- Parliament and K*****g George. King, ***** contrast, knew ***** audience was all of the Un*****ed States. While he wanted to influence government policy, he did this by influencing the ordinary citizens.

The content ***** ***** ***** works reflect their different audiences. Jefferson's work used legal and legislative terms, because that ***** his audience. While he mentioned individual rights, he ***** what governments should be doing for people and listed specific grievances the Colonists had ***** specific laws that had been passed. In *****, ***** was not arguing about law. Laws had al*****y been ***** that ***** have assured his race of equal treatment and opportunities. In fact the American Constitution had ***** amended to reflect *****. In spite of this, the United States was a land ***** inequality based on color. The content of ********** ***** ********** this reality using rich language to lay out ***** evils of segregation and racism. Both writers used poetic language to get their points across, but King's structure is much easier to understand.

The purposes of the two *****, *****ever, ***** similarities as well as differences, ***** both men were protesting a situation where in *****ory, a group of individual had rights and freedoms, but in *****, many barriers were put before them. However, Jefferson's "Declaration of *****dependence" also amounted to a declaration ***** war. He w***** *****ell aw***** that the Brit*****h govern*****t would not simply let


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