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…
The grievances in the Declaration start by mentioning “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.” This declaration, of all men being equal, counters the belief of many at that time and chief among them was Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers and a signatory on the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson characterized blacks as being far less than whites in attractiveness, imagination and prone to lethargy. Walker uses the Declaration’s philosophy to his benefit: "Compare your own language . . . from your Declaration of Independence, with your cruelties and murders inflicted by your cruel and unmerciful fathers and yourselves on our fathers and on us—men who have never given your fathers or you the least provocation!!!!!!” Walker says that all men are equal in the eyes of God, and that whites couldn't be superior because they were all servants of God, "is not God a God of justice to all his creatures?" Another grievance taken up by the white colonists against Britain is the Crown’s continual indifference towards the suffering of the colonies. The Declaration mentions that “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to

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