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Origins of the dream : Hughes's poetry and King's rhetoric

Author: W Jason Miller
Publisher: Gainesville, FL : University Press of Florida, 2016. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback printing [with added prefaceView all editions and formats
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"For years, some scholars have privately suspected Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech was connected to Langston Hughes's poetry, and the link between the two was purposefully veiled through careful allusions in King's orations. In Origins of the Dream, W. Jason Miller lifts that veil to demonstrate how Hughes's revolutionary poetry became a measurable inflection in King's voice, and that the influence  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Langston Hughes; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Langston Hughes; Martin Luther King, Jr.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W Jason Miller
ISBN: 9780813062006 0813062004
OCLC Number: 928643179
Description: xiii, 249 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Giving new validity to old forms --
"Mother to son": the rise, removal, and return of Hughes --
Black and red: accusations of subversiveness --
King and poetry: quotations, revisions, and unsolicited poems --
"Dream deferred": King's use of Hughes's most popular poem --
"Poem for a man": King's unusual request --
"Youth": Hughes's poem and King's chiasmus --
"I dream a world": rewriting Hughes's signature poem --
"I have a dream": King speaks in Rocky Mount --
"The Psalm of brotherhood": King at Detroit's march for jobs --
The march on Washington: veiling Hughes's poetry --
Conclusion: Extending the dream.
Responsibility: W. Jason Miller.

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Reveals the connection between Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and Langston Hughes's poetry. During his research for this book, W. Jason Miller discovered a long forgotten  Read more...

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"Brilliant...Miller's book will help correct the historical amnesia that has for too long blotted out recognition of the cultural continuity between Hughes and King. A masterpiece."-CHOICE

 
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