Essay on David Walker 's The Declaration Of Independence

1625 Words Nov 14th, 2016 7 Pages
David Walker was a free black man who became infuriated by how the very country he lived in used his race as slaves. Walker voiced his outrage in his publication Appeal to the coloured Citizens of the World, where he criticized the major aspects of the United States that affected his people including religion, political thought, and the social status of black individuals. Consequently, Walker received his own criticism by people who thought his document was radical and his objective subverted the foundation that the United States was founded on. Walker’s propositions were radical during the time he released the document, but the ideas he brought out in his text seem to be a logical extension of the principals of the American Revolution in that the very document that ignited the revolution, the Declaration of the Independence, brought out ideas of equality of all men, being oppressed by despotism, and rebellion of such unjustifiable tyranny. The Declaration of Independence involved the idea of equality in one substantial line: “We hold these truth to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Walker’s argument takes aim at the application of this statement, in which Walker tried to prove that people of his own ethnicity were seen as not created equal and therefore did not deserve to receive these rights. In Walker’s text, he claims…

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