1: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.” – Declaration of Independence.
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King used this quote from the declaration of independence because the declaration of independence is one of America’s most important documents. The fact that it states that all men are created equal supports the fight for the end of segregation because the point of the movement was to make it so African Americans are treated equally.
2: “Five score years ago”- allusion to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address when he said “Four score…”
King used this allusion to the Gettysburg address because he was referencing Abraham Lincoln, who is credited with freeing the slaves.
3: “Exile in his own land”- Allusion to the Bible.
King referenced the Bible many times during his speech, mainly because the bible contained many quotes that supported his cause, and he was a very religious man.
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