This paragraph should describe in general the issue each source is describing. For example, are they discussing cultural issues, economics, the political system, or social structure of the time?
#2. Body Paragraphs
Each body paragraph needs to answer a set of questions for each document, which are provided below:
Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” (1963)
King distinguished between just and unjust laws. How could one tell whether segregation was just or unjust? What was the difference between “civil disobedience” and criminal activity? Why did it express “the very highest respect for law?”
Why did white moderates disappoint King? What historical examples did he invoke as admirable?
Barry Goldwater on “Extremism in the Defense of Liberty” (1964)
What evidence does Goldwater give of a decline of “morality” in American life?
Why does Goldwater stress the interconnection between “order” and liberty?
Lyndon B. Johnson, Commencement Address at Howard University (1965)
What does Johnson mean when he says, “freedom is not enough?”
Why does he argue that “Negro poverty” is fundamentally different from “white poverty?”
Jerry Falwell, Listen America (1980)
What does Falwell see as the major threats to moral standards in 1970s America?
How does Falwell appear to understand the idea of freedom?
The conclusion needs to answer the following questions:
How the reading/s change the way in which you understood the subject?
How are the issues presented in the reading/s still relevant to you today?
Please explain how your personal background and life experiences might influence your prospective on this topic?
Imagine that you have been asked to tackle a current national or global issue. How would you use the readings to help you do so?