Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X: Common Goal, Different Paths
This paper compares the philosophies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X as civil rights activists. Difference in their methods; King's belief in civil disobedience and nonviolence, and Malcolm X's belief in the use of aggressive action violence. Committment of both to social change. It also considers the challenges that current civil rights leaders face.
Political Writings of Gandhi
Review of The Selected Political Writings of Mahatma Gandhi; how his philosophy informed his political ideas and actions. Gandhi's aims and achievements. His concepts of Satyagraha and of Swaraj. Gandhi's use of nonviolence and noncooperation in his political activism.
Gandhi's Leadership Style
This paper analyzes the the leadership style of Mahatma Gandhi, and how his life experiences helped him develop into an effective leader. His reliance on the principles of nonviolence and civil disobedience in his fight for the independence of India.
Socrates and Civil Disobedience
Examines whether Socrates commit civil disobedience, as Martin Luther King, Jr. suggested he did. It is argued that, strictly speaking, Socrates did not, but that King was still justified in mentioning him.
Letter From Birmingham Jail
A rhetorical analysis of LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL by Martin Luther King: How King deploys the devices of ethos, pathos, and logos to structure his argument for social and racial justice.
Henry David Thoreau and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Views and political activism of both men. Shared view of injustices in society. Nature and power of civil disobedience. Nonviolent approach and resistance to injustice. Differences between the two. Thoreau addressing the individual and King society as a whole. Enactment of civil rights legislation.
The European American Dream: Lessons Learned
This paper provides an analysis of the new American ideal that evolved through the work of poets like Thoreau, Dickinson, Ginsberg, Frost and others. How this new ideal was a move away from organized religion, government and education toward nature and individualism is the main lesson discussed.