The Abolition Movement Of The American Revolution

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After the American Revolution, numerous amounts of slaves were freed and began to express their indignation towards slavery and racial discrimination. Abolitionists believed that slavery was immoral and illegal and supported these ideas with the two most important laws at that time, the Bible and the Constitution. Although the ideals between abolitionists were similar, their means of bringing slavery to an end were completely different. The late 1830’s brought the distinction of tactics between radical and conservative abolitionists. Conservatives strove for a gradual abolition of slavery while radicals advocated the immediate emancipation. While both radicals and conservatives fought for the abolition, radicals such as David Walker enforced the use violence if necessary, while conservatives such as Frederick Douglass turned to politics as a weapon against slavery. As a result, Walker’s Appeal was more effective towards the abolition movement than Douglass was due to its strong, radical, and revolutionary tone that caused the abolition movement to take a more radical direction.
David Walker was a free North Carolinian radical abolitionist who issued Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World. Walker, like other abolitionists at the time, used both the Constitution and religion to present the illegality and the immorality of slavery in order to emphasize the need for immediate abolition in his Appeal. This pugnacious pamphlet called for the prompt eradication of slavery…
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