David Walker’s Appeal


David Walker did not change my opinion upon slavery in early American times but he changed my view upon those in power at that time. He changed the way that I will forever think about Thomas Jefferson and what he stood for. While our textbook provides us with information that would make anyone think that Jefferson is a regular American hero it is obvious that he was actually the root of America’s greatest problem to date. By seeing this about Thomas Jefferson and how he is viewed normally in our society, it has changed my opinion on the United States in general. No longer do I think of the United States as always being a free place for all. I am actually disgusted by the way the ...

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views on things that ranged from the structure of the government to his economic process. It basically draws the reader in and enthralls him/her into a admiration for this man. This man, for the historians who wrote the textbook, was to be looked at as one of the founding fathers of the country for the great things that he accomplished, not for his unbridled hatred and cruelty to the African American race.
The thing that the textbook so eloquently leaves out, though, is Jefferson’s views upon slavery. Jefferson did not only own slaves, but had relations with them. He stated that all men were created equal, but in some way was able to allow himself to believe that people of color were not men. He allowed himself to believe not only that they were below whites, but below the human race as a whole. He stated that they were somewhere in between humans and apes. It strikes me as amazing that he could make such a statement and then back it up by making laws to protect the whites ...

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