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We shall overcome speech|
Analysis of We shall overcome by Lyndon B. Johnson|
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7/14/2011|

In our time we have come to live with moments of great crisis. Our lives have been marked with debate about great issues; issues of war and peace, issues of prosperity and depression. But rarely in any time does an issue lay bare the secret heart of America itself. Rarely are we met with a challenge, not to our growth or abundance, our welfare or our security, but rather to the values and the purposes and the meaning of our beloved Nation.”|

March 15th 1965 was the date that a very inspiring speech was given by Lyndon B. Johnson. The words “we shall overcome” were echoed by Johnson regarding the African American’s that struggled for equal rights. A week after deadly violence broke out in Selma, Alabama where cops attacked African American’s for preparing to march to Montgomery to protest voting rights discrimination. Part of the speech that really stands out to me or that would be considered Pathos would be “In our time we have come to live with moments of great crisis. Our lives have been marked with debate about great issues; issues of war and peace, issues of prosperity and depression. But rarely in any time does an issue lay bare the secret heart of America itself. Rarely are we met with a challenge, not to our growth or abundance, our welfare or our security, but rather to the values and the purposes and the meaning of our beloved Nation.” This speech is also logos it talks of each topic that needs to be addressed in order of importance and logic. Johnson also uses ethos when he speaks honestly and with authority. This speech went on to change views of many people in that era and changed people’s lives for the better. After his speech was given over 3000 finally got their chance to march to Montgomery with worldwide publicity on March 21, 1965. It was a very memorable speech and worth everyone listening to or reading. Johnson did a great...
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