David Walker, an African American, born in 1785. David’s life began in the deep south of North Carolina in a town called Wilmington. In spite of the fact that his father was a slave, Walker was born into freedom. The laws in North Carolina dictated that children would inherit the status of their mother; who in this case was a free woman. Slavery was prevalent in the United States especially in the South at the time Walker was born. His father was not a part of Walker’s life because it is believed that he either died before his birth or when Walker was very young.
Walker’s freedom did not mean that he did not see the cruelty and inhumanity of his (brothers and sisters.His actual brothers and sisters or other black slaves?) His mother was sure to raise her son with a deep, intense hatred toward slavery. Extensive travels throughout the south allowed him to see the treatment of slaves first hand and to solidify his feelings to fight to resolve this brutality of other human beings.
Around the age of 30, David Walker believed that he had to leave the south before he decided to punish those inflicting such hardships on others. His many years of traveling allowed him to meet others who were fighting for equal rights and for slavery to be abolished. He was self taught therefore he continued to educate himself by reading and writing. Walker finally settled in Boston in 1826 where he became the owner of a small shop that sold both new and used clothes, he married and had one son, who would later become involved with politics. Little is known of Walker’s wife but many believe that she was a slave who had escaped.
Walker’s clothing business allowed him to be able to assist those who had escaped both their slave-owners and the bounty hunters that would have been hired to return them to their owners. For those that were successful at evading their pursuers he provided money and clothing as they came into town.
Walker was known for his allegiance to social justice and was able to demonstrate to the abolitionist community that he was politically conscious by attending both meetings and lectures. In 1827, Walker became the Boston agent for the Freedom’s Journal published in New York. Not only did he write for this publication but he also submitted articles to Rights of All and the Liberator. However, Walker is best known for his own writing, Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World. He wrote the first version in 1829 and financed its publication and by October of that same year the Appeal was circulating throughout the country. Shortly after the third edition had been published Walker, “Was found dead in the doorway of his shop, under mysterious circumstances.”
Walker’s Appeal is known as a treatise and is written to the colored people of the United States. According to James Turner in the introduction to the book, Walker wrote a series of articles that were used as speeches and these were later put together. These speeches were given by Walker in...