David Walker’s Appeal a Logical Extension of the Principals of American Revolution

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The last half of 18th century brought significant social and political transformation in colonial America. It was around this time that Americans started to reject the idea of Great Britain ruling from overseas without giving due representation to the local population of the colony. When communities sharing a common attribute come together and struggle for their rights they do so not just for themselves but for every one that falls under them. The American Revolution too started off when America came together and began fighting for the rights of its citizens. British indifference towards the grievances of the colonies and the realization by the colonists of their rights eventually led them to secede from Britain. David Walker’s Appeal, …show more content…
Labeling David Walker as a rebel and subversive to the American cause is hypocritical. White proslavery arguments proposed that blacks were enslaved because white slaveholders were concerned for their welfare and that slaves were somehow also held in bondage at the direction of the Lord. Slaveholders engrained these ideas into the black communities by discouraging them and forcefully keeping them away from gaining any kind of knowledge.
Abolishment movements were considered as being ungrateful by white proslavery proponents to whom Walker replies: “they say that we are ungrateful — but I ask them for heaven’s sake, what should we be grateful to them for — for murdering our fathers and mothers? Or do they wish us to return thanks to them for chaining and handcuffing us, branding us …or for keeping us in slavery…to support them and their families.” Colonial America was a successful endeavor for Britain because of slavery. Slavery is what helped American farmers and producers to compete and surpass other producers from the rest of the world. Walker considers this by mentioning that "America is more our country, than it is the whites—we have enriched it with our blood and tears. The greatest riches in all America have arisen from our blood and tears: — and will they drive us from our property and homes, which we have earned with our blood?"
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