The main driving force behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s actions was his vision of racial equality as a moral right, explain Vera Chan and Max Zimbert of Yahoo News. During his speeches, King most frequently cited the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and quoted the words of Jesus Christ, along with famous authors such as Shakespeare and Thomas Jefferson.Know More
Additional inspirations to Dr. King include Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, according to Nathan Raab of Forbes magazine. For example, King's insistence that his followers engage in peaceful protests was reminiscent of Gandhi's teachings. Thoreau is the author of "Civil Disobedience," which provides a framework for people to dissent respectfully against laws they don't agree with. This is a piece King referenced in his autobiography.
Many of King's motivational sources were written into his most popular speeches. He would often quote his favorite authors and recite biblical passages to illustrate his arguments. King's methods of incorporating international literature into his addresses prove that he saw his cause as reaching further than the African-American Civil Rights Movement. King believed that civil liberties and racial equality were applicable to all of humankind, as was evidenced in his quote of John Donne's statement, "No man is an island."Learn More
Acadians settled in Louisiana after being persecuted and forced to leave their homes during the French and Indian War between England and France. While some of the Acadians went back to France, many traveled south to then Spanish-controlled Louisiana.Full Answer >
After rebellion broke out in Cuba in 1895, the Spanish-American war began when reports of Spain's vicious military tactics led to public outcry in the United States. The destruction of an American battleship, the USS Maine, and the U.S. government's resolution to stop Spanish occupation by force sparked further conflict.Full Answer >
Xanthorrhiza is a Civil War word that starts with the letter "x." Patented during the war, Xanthorrhiza is the pharmaceutical name for a natural medication created from the root of Xanthorrhiza apiifolia, also known as "yellow root" due to its distinctive coloring. Administered in powdered or liquid form with alcohol to mask its bitter taste, the tonic was used for the treatment of battlefield wounds, infections and injuries.Full Answer >
Elizabeth Cochrane titled the reports of her 1889 trip around the world "Around the World in Seventy-Two Days." Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days" inspired the journalist to embark on the journey.Full Answer >