Reaction to David Walkers Appeal

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AAAS 316-001 Professor Rahman | Reaction To: | David Walker, 1785-1830Walker's Appeal, in Four Articles; Together with a Preamble, to the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in Particular, and Very Expressly, to Those of the United States of America, Written in Boston, State of Massachusetts, September 28, 1829 | | Eric Kipp | 5/28/2013 |

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David Walker’s Appeal for me was a lesson in history, prophecy, human rights doctrine and religious argument all wrapped up into one “Pamphlet.” He begins with a “Preamble” and divides the “Pamphlet” into four “Articles” or arguments. The “Articles” titled “Slavery,” “Ignorance,” “The Preachers of the Religion of Jesus Christ” and “The Colonizing Plan” respectively all carries the same common theme amongst them: Slavery is wrong, inhumane and must be abolished. After reading this over several times, it was amazing to me that this was written in the early 1800’s in the United States of America. T he reason I say that is because most of what Walker spoke about were the same issues that were written and spoke about during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and 60’s. I suffice to say that there is a lot in this “Pamphlet” that is still very pertinent to our society today.
There are so many different reactions that I have to pieces pertaining to slavery in America. This is a very difficult assignment to just hash this down to a single reaction or response from my perspective. It is so amazing to me to this day to know that something like slavery was allowed to take place in this country for so long. Even more astonishing for me is the historical figures that are revered in this country not only took part in it, but did so with an air of entitlement. I find the way that Walker used the Declaration of Independence and his multiple references to Thomas Jefferson very effective in getting his point…...

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