From Library Journal
Miller (English, Arizona State) has written a complex, convincing analysis of the sources of King's major sermons and public works. In brief, Miller argues that King borrowed ideas, patterns, words, even whole paragraphs from two main sources: white Protestant ministers' radio sermons and the traditions of the African American folk pulpit. King melded these "borrowings" into consistently powerful sermons for social change. To Miller, this was not plagiarism, but perfectly consistent with the American homiletic tradition. King's ability to reshape old works was his greatest rhetorical strength. Miller's study provides a fascinating counterpoint to recent attacks on King's originality. It is highly recommended for all major libraries.- A.O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
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"Significantly extends and enriches our understanding of the real roots of Martin Luther King Jr.'s eloquence and the centrality of the church in King's life."--David Garrow
"Miller's discoveries amount to a major reevaluation of our current understanding of King as a thinker and leader."--New York Newsday
"This well-researched book . . . achieve[s] a groundbreaking understanding of King's ability to motivate Americans to achieve social change.”--Washington Post Book World