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Speech on the Vietnam War, 1967

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Transcript of Speech on the Vietnam War, 1967

Speech on the Vietnam War, 1967
Martin Luther King

Essential Question:

Why did King make the choice to speak out against United States involvement in Vietnam when he risked doing harm to his status as a civil rights leader, as well as harming the movement itself?
Important Terminology:

Inductive Reasoning- the process of logical reasoning from observations, examples, and facts to a general conclusion or principle.

Connotation- Emotional response evoked by a word.
Example: Kitten
My Father- Vietnam 1966
Vietnam- 1966
Wrap Up:
Vietnam War (1961-1975)

Photo Rights: Bill Blair
With your table, reread the following lines and address the questions. Put answers on the left hand side of interactive NB.
1. Lines 1–13: What does King’s explanation that he does “not wish to speak with Hanoi and the National Liberation Front, but rather to my fellow Americans” suggest about his purpose in this speech? Why does King use the phrase “my fellow Americans”?
2. Lines 18–29: Explain the first reason that King gives for taking a stand on Vietnam. Is this a logical reason for his view that the war should be stopped? Why or why not?
3. Lines 34–37: Why does King choose to use “crippled” rather than the words “hurt” or “held back”? How does the use of this word intensify the point he is making in this sentence?
4. Lines 61–81: Explain what opposing view King is addressing in this counterargument.

How are we doing???
Complete 5-8
5. Lines 82–87: What is the effect of King mentioning his Nobel Prize?
6. Lines 88–99: What important reason does King give in these lines for opposing the war in Vietnam? Summarize King’s defense of the reason he states.
7. Lines 107–110: Does King use the word nationalism in a positive or negative sense in this sentence? Explain what ideas are associated with the word nationalism.
8. Lines 123–138: What kind of evidence does King present in this part of his argument? How can you determine whether this information is valid?

Vocabulary: (151-164)
In 1967, opposition to the war in Vietnam was just beginning. U.S. involvement was escalating, the first combat troops had been sent over in 1965 to support the government of South Vietnam against the communist North Vietnam and its allies in the south, the Viet Cong. Criticism of the U.S. government's policy by such a leading figure was not welcome. MLK's stance antagonized the White House and made some of the other leaders of the civil rights movement concerned that he might be jeopardizing support for their agenda.
Let's Get Started...
Listen to MLK, paragraphs 1-11. (151-154)
(Begin at 6:40)

We will continue with this speech next class. Be sure to bring your book.

Please look to Google Classroom for a follow up question before next class!!
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