David Walker, an African American, born in 1785. David’s life began in the deep south of North Carolina in a town called Wilmington. In spite of the fact that his father was a slave, Walker was born into freedom. The laws in North Carolina dictated that children would inherit the status of their mother; who in this case was a free woman. Slavery was prevalent in the United States especially in the South at the time Walker was born. His father was not a part of Walker’s life because it is believed that he either died before his birth or when Walker was very young.
Walker’s freedom did not mean that he did not see the cruelty and inhumanity of his (brothers and sisters.His actual brothers and sisters or other black slaves?) His mother was
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Walker was known for his allegiance to social justice and was able to demonstrate to the abolitionist community that he was politically conscious by attending both meetings and lectures. In 1827, Walker became the Boston agent for the Freedom’s Journal published in New York. Not only did he write for this publication but he also submitted articles to Rights of All and the Liberator. However, Walker is best known for his own writing, Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World. He wrote the first version in 1829 and financed its publication and by October of that same year the Appeal was circulating throughout the country. Shortly after the third edition had been published Walker, “Was found dead in the doorway of his shop, under mysterious circumstances.”
Walker’s Appeal is known as a treatise and is written to the colored people of the United States. According to James Turner in the introduction to the book, Walker wrote a series of articles that were used as speeches and these were later put together. These speeches were given by Walker in Boston and in the New England area over a relatively short period of time. However, Walker’s research truly spanned over a long period of time since his research began when he was traveling through the south as a young adult.
Walker’s preamble is addressed to brethren and fellow citizens which indicates that he is writing to all colored people. Later in the