Frederick Douglass vs David Walker

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Stand Up! As we look throughout history, one could argue, that we couldn’t find a more appalling and unjust act as that of slavery. Slavery played a major part of not only history but of an innumerable amount of American people. In David Walker’s “Appeal in Four Articles” and Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”, two men of African American descent struggle with the reality of slavery and the cruel results and effect it had on people like themselves. Walker was a free black man living in Boston who had a unique view of slavery. He felt so deeply about this subject that he seemed to almost promote violence. He thought that slaves should do anything in their power, even kill, to stop the establishment of slavery. Walker accused the nation of not living up to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence. He was particularly not very fond of Thomas Jefferson, who he thought to be a racist. In his “Appeal in Four Articles” we can detect the tone and seriousness in his voice right away. This is obviously not a topic he takes lightly. He blasts the institution of slavery right away when he says, “But we, (coloured people) and our children are brutes!! and of course are and ought to be slaves to the American people and their children forever“ ( Walker 792). He uses this tone to depict just how silly the notion of slavery is when he says these things that are blatantly not right. Walker seems to use this method of speaking throughout his writing to get his point across. Walker compares the American way of slavery to the way it was under the Romans and comes to a very interesting point. “The world knows, that slavery as it existed among the Romans was, comparatively speaking, no more than a cypher, when compared with ours under the Americans” he stated (Walker 792). Why did the Americans take slavery to another level? How
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