“Letter From a Birmingham Jail” – Obedience

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s  “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” would be an ideal primary source to teach the theme of obedience. I could use the Albert Einstein conversation before introducing the letter to get students reflecting on how they decide when it is acceptable to follow one’s conscience to break rules and when they should follow authority.

Level:  Elementary/Secondary Social Studies

Subject Area:  American History

Author:  Dan Fouts


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