WALTER’S APPEAL COMPARED TO THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

WALTER’S APPEAL COMPARED TO THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Introduction

Walter’s Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, mirrors the needs that the Americans had when fighting for independence from the British. The Appeals listed the hardships that blacks faced under whites, which is the same problem that Americans experienced with the British. Forthwith, the Declaration of Independence and the Appeals allude to the same interests and use evidence to support their claims. Walter’s Appeal is a logical expansion of the ideas of The Declaration of Independence like equality of man and fighting oppressors and also used evidence to convince the public as did the Declaration.

Condemning Slavery

Walker condemns slavery, as does the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration condemns the King of Great Britain as having a record of being a tyrant, who gained this position by constantly usurping and injuring his colonies[1].Comparatively, Walker condemns whites for their support of slavery. According to Walker, the white Christians, instead of enlightening fellow blacks, they plunged into wretchedness that was intolerable by ten times and stressed that blacks were an inferior and different race of beings that they could swallow by and by[2]. Christian whites were the worst oppressors in the history of human existence; worse than the English, Egyptians, and any heathen nation. The Egyptians were better than whites because, despite their oppressive ways, there is no writing, sacred or even profane, indicating that they were not of the human family[3]. Walker also condemned President Jefferson, who declared to the world that blacks were inferior to whites. Mr. Jefferson stated that it was unfortunate to be born black, an utterance that Walter found degrading. The statements shocked Walter, who regarded Mr. Jefferson, a man of great man, who was learned and had incredible parts. The Declarationof Independenceand Jefferson demonstrate the existence of slavery.

The Declaration of Independence and Walter condemn their rulers for enslaving them. The Americans have had enough of oppression by Britain, and seek their freedom. They are not pleased with the dictatorial leadership style used by the King and even avail evidence in a list of accusation, to show their discontent. Equally, Walker castigates whites for their oppressive ways.Walker is even angrier that Christians, who are supposed to be good to others as their Bible dictates, even consider blacks non-human[4]. It is ironic that Jefferson, who wrote the declaration of independence, declaring all men equal, was a racist. Jefferson is repeatedly addressed by Walker to illustrate the double standards that whites have concerning equality. At one point, he states that the equal men enjoying liberty as stated in the declaration means all men except those of African heritage, were similar. By speaking out against oppression, Walker is not radical. Instead, he is holding to account leaders like Jefferson and whites for partaking in depriving blacks their rights as human beings created by the same God. Walker shares the same opinion against slavery as the Declaration of Independence.

Fighting Back Against Oppressors

The Declaration and Walker encourage the citizens to revolt against cruel masters. The Declaration states that although the government should not change over s

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