• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The past isn't dead. It's not even past. So says the lawyer Gavin Stevens near the end of Faulkner's Requiem for a Nun. To borrow Stevens' words, what small event, from either your personal history or the history of the world, is neit

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"The past isn't dead. It's not even past." So says the lawyer Gavin Stevens near the end of Faulkner's "Requiem for a Nun." To borrow Stevens' words, what small event, from either your personal history or the history of the world, is neither "dead" nor "past"? Whether watching T.V., listening to the radio, or even reading the newspaper you are stricken with news of activist fighting for their rights. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) lived and died working as a Civil Rights activist. For the world, MLK fight for equality still lives on through this quote "The past is not dead. It's not even past." MLK's words for example "there is a certain kind of fire that no water can put out" have followed everyone throughout the years but his dreams if have never been dead nor past. ...read more.

Middle

He provided the nation with a road map so that all people could share together the abundance of this democracy. The words he led his marches by brought significant changes in the fabric of American life through his courage and selfless devotion. MLK gave people of his and future generation hope and sense of dignity. To him the past was not dead but a place to search ideas like that of Thoreau's Essay on Civil Disobedience and Mahatma Gandhi's speeches. MLK also believed that men had the right to disobey unjust laws and gladly go to jail when they break such laws. "Fill the jails," Gandhi said. However - never use violence. ...read more.

Conclusion

Not all this is part of the past because it still occurs in many places like Africa. It was his wisdom, his words, his actions, his commitment, and his dream for a new way of life that continually intertwines with the American experience. MLK, within a span of thirteen years, did something that changed the way America viewed and treated a portion of its citizens, who were historically faced with racist, restrictive laws as part of their daily living. One day everyone will live his dream of equality. Although he has been gone for years, his words from his "I Have a Dream" speech will never be dead nor past. As he once said, "there is a certain kind of fire that no water can put out", and that fire is still burning. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. "Kristallnacht was a spontaneous event by the German people". How

    It then tells us that Hitler told Goebbles that such attacks were not to be organised, but if they were to spontaneously happen that they were not to be stopped. We do not know how reliable the source is, but as it was a secret report, so why would they

  2. Reichstag Fire

    Study sources J and K Do these sources prove that Goering was telling lies? Explain your answer. Ans. Herman Goering was Hitler's right hand man. He was the Prussian minister of the Interior and he was taking care of all the police affairs.

  1. Discuss whether History can be subjective

    History has always been recorded from above, with emphasis on class structure, politics and government 6. There is little recorded about Working class families and how they were affected during wars or throughout imperialism for example. New history offers an opportunity to see things from below.

  2. Does Hegel's Perception of the World History Mean More Than Just a Popular Quotation?

    to predict the decline and fall of the West."29 The following are his basic postulates: 1. The "linear" view of history must be rejected, in favor of the cyclical. Heretofore history, especially Western history, had been viewed as a "linear" progression from lower to higher, like rungs on a ladder -- an unlimited evolution upward.

  1. "The only good Indian is a dead one". To what extent can this statement ...

    Another factor that America might profit from this was that after the civil war many places now, becoming apart of the union and needed this land for expansion. The government once again failed to show these people compassion and did not consider them at all in this way.

  2. 'To use history for recreation is to misuse it'. Discuss

    because of the way that the programmes focus it 'translates readily to television'2 and as such becomes an acceptable method to present history to the masses in an uncomplicated and enjoyable way. It can link and connect the viewing public with their past and therefore it cannot be said that to use history as recreation is to misuse it.

  1. Consider the treatment of history in Julian Barnes's A History of The World in ...

    In 'The Dream' Barnes exceptionally includes the dates significant to the history of Leicester City football team. It is ironic that he chooses to recount these historically insignificant dates and this conveys his negative opinion of dates in general. As he says in 'Parenthesis', 'we allow ourselves to be bullied by dates', 'Dates don't tell the truth.'

  2. An analysis of American History 1865-1920

    The infamous Ku Klux Klan (1865) carried out violent attacks on the freedmen. The cowardice of Johnson was seeing all hopes for a brighter future unravel before the freedmen's eyes. However, Johnson was not allowed to have an easy ride, and Congress fought back and moved to exclude Johnson's own senators and representatives from the house.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work