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Function of Allusions

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I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963
This is an excerpt of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most famous speech

In paragraphs 2 and 3, the allusions serve to

A

to provide historical evidence of the negative treatment of black Americans in history.

B

to provide context as to when black American rights were discussed as a nation.

C

to remind and inspire his audience of Abraham Lincoln's fight for black slaves a century prior.

D

to establish credibility and trust within the audience present at the time.