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Martin Luther King, Jr. wasn’t the first person to write a political position paper from behind bars when he penned his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” The practice was a well-established one. After he was arrested in Albany, Ga., in July of 1962, King had been encouraged by New York Times Magazine editor Harvey Shapiro to write such a letter the next time he was in jail for a significant ...

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