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Analyzing Important U.S. Documents - Chapter Summary
Feel confident that you are able to analyze important U.S. documents by exploring this chapter's entertaining lessons. Expert instructors closely examine the Gettysburg Address, the Letter from Birmingham Jail and much more. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Share rhetorical strategies and themes in famous historical documents
- Assess the Preamble to the Constitution
- Provide a summary of the Gettysburg Address
- Critically examine Letter from Birmingham Jail
- Analyze Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience
Lessons and other study tools available in this chapter are accessible 24 hours a day via your computer or mobile device of choice. This flexibility makes it easy to align your studies with your personal schedule. As you progress through the lessons, feel free to assess your comprehension of key concepts by taking multiple-choice quizzes. Our practice exam can test your overall understanding of this chapter.
1. Famous Historical Documents: Themes & Rhetorical Strategies
In this lesson, we will examine foundational documents in American history. We will identify the importance of these documents, and analyze their place in American history.
2. The Preamble to the Constitution: Definition, Summary, Purpose & Examples
They may be the most famous 52 words in American history. Written almost as an afterthought, the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution has come to represent everything Americans think a government ought to do and ought to be.
3. Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis
This lesson discusses the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches in American history. Learn more about what Abraham Lincoln's speech means and test your knowledge with a quiz.
4. Letter from Birmingham Jail: Summary & Analysis
Martin Luther King, Jr. takes on and beats nine tough criticisms in his 'Letter from Birmingham Jail.' Discover the hidden structure and radical rhetorical power of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most widely-read text.
5. Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis
Henry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism. His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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