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Manchester ENG 1010 Composition - H. Styckiewicz

English 1010 Composition

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Composition focuses on the study and practice of effective written communication across a variety of rhetorical situations. The course develops skills in applying language conventions, engaging with and using authoritative sources, and crafting logical arguments.

Essay Assignment


Write a 1200 word paper where you have researched the background of Dr. Martin Luther King's protests and Henry David Thoreau's essay, "Civil Disobedience."  Utilize the questions done in class to summarize the essays, "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and "Civil Disobedience" found on Blackboard.  Explain how Thoreau's essay was an early influence on the tactics of Dr. King and other renowned protesters.  Follow the MLA format and cite all factual material used throughout the essay.  Include a Works Cited page.

Biographical Information

Famous Protesters

  1. Mahatma Gandhi - Known for his leadership in the Indian independence movement through nonviolent civil disobedience.

  2. Martin Luther King Jr. - An iconic figure in the American civil rights movement, advocating for racial equality through nonviolent protest and civil disobedience.

  3. Rosa Parks - Her refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and became a symbol of the civil rights movement.

  4. Nelson Mandela - A key figure in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, who spent 27 years in prison for his activism before becoming the country's first black president.

  5. Malala Yousafzai - An advocate for girls' education who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban in Pakistan and went on to become the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.

  6. Greta Thunberg - A Swedish environmental activist who gained international recognition for her efforts to combat climate change, including inspiring the global student strike movement Fridays for Future.

  7. Ai Weiwei - A Chinese artist and activist known for his criticism of the Chinese government's human rights abuses and censorship.

  8. Aung San Suu Kyi - A Burmese politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who spent years under house arrest for her nonviolent struggle for democracy and human rights in Myanmar.

  9. Cesar Chavez - An American labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the United Farm Workers union and led campaigns to improve conditions for farmworkers.

  10. Emily Davison - A British suffragette who famously stepped in front of King George V's horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913 to draw attention to the suffragette cause, resulting in her death.

These individuals, among many others, have left indelible marks on history through their courageous acts of protest and advocacy for justice, equality, and human rights.

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