Books for a Political Season: Duane W.H. Arnold

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  1. LInn says:

    Another excellent resource for those who don’t understand the roots of the 60s civil rights era. I lived near two housing projects where most of the residents were African-American. We had some violence in our neighborhood after King’s assassination, but most of the response was visible grief. I did a lot of reading about Dr. King after his death, and then learned about Jim Crow laws. It gave my pre-teen soul a jolt to make sure I treated people fairly and wisely. I had friends of many different skin colors/ethnic backgrounds, but I didn’t realize that some people were not treated well because of their color. We just all played together and were in and out of each others’ houses. I had to get much wiser as I got older. (Still working on the wisdom, by the way).

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    Many thanks! As I reread the book, I was shocked how relevant it is to the discussions of race that we are undertaking at present… We should be so much farther along than we are…

  3. Joshua says:

    Thanks. Well-written, as usual.

  4. Duane Arnold says:


    Many thanks, we do what we can!😁

  5. The New Victor says:

    Ouch. We spent a unit studying LFTBJ in 10th grade English. Part of it was to educate us on history (a mostly all white rural school), but it was also to study how perfect King’s writing techniques were, and to identify and emulate them.

  6. Duane Arnold says:

    The New Victor

    I’ve always thought that he is similar in his writing style to Churchill, with a combination of long and short sentences…

  7. filistine says:

    King was a brilliant orator and excellent writer–complimentary skills in my opinion–but it was his passion and vision that gave wind to his sails; both of which were born of his roots in the gospel. Thanks for your attention to this piece & its author.

  8. Em says:

    Well said, filistine! ! !

  9. The New Victor says:

    To this day from 10th grade English what sticks in my mind is “parallel construction.” And that MLK wrote the letter in the margins of newspapers. Wow.

  10. Duane Arnold says:


    He never left the pulpit behind…

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