Analysis Of The State Of Virginia, And David Walker 's Appeal

767 Words Nov 23rd, 2014 4 Pages
The late 1700’s was a time of Enlightenment were many hoped to achieve rights for colored people and allow room for debate on who was and what was right and wrong. The rights and wrongs of this time was whether or not blacks would become free slaves, have citizenship or even allowed rights to an education. The main focus for this essay is to compare and contrast, what Thomas Jefferson’s, Notes on the State of Virginia, and David Walker’s Appeal was believed to be true. Jefferson wanted whites to control all powers as far as race, education and slavery went, where as Walker wanted blacks to have equal rights just as the “superior” whites did.
Race was an idea that caused conflict between many people during the 1700’s. For example, Jefferson thought of the black race to be inferior to other races; mainly whites. He thought that blacks were inferior due to a, “…suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind…”( B, 791). The endowments of body and mind that Jefferson speaks of besides their color is their physical distinctions are that they, have less her on their face and body, secrete more from the glands of the skin instead of the kidneys, in turn causing them to have a strong disagreeable odor (B, 789). Although Jefferson believed blacks to be held to a lower standard then whites, there were people who believed them to be smart, intelligent men…

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