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David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World

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In 1829 David Walker, a free black born in Wilmington, North Carolina, wrote one of America's most provocative political documents of the nineteenth century, Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World. Decrying the savage and unchristian treatment blacks suffered in the United States, Walker challenged his "afflicted and slumbering brethren" to rise up and cast off their chains. Walker worked tirelessly to circulate his book via underground networks in the South, and he was so successful that Southern lawmakers responded with new laws cracking down on "incendiary" antislavery material. Although Walker died in 1830, the Appeal remained a rallying point for African Americans for many years to come, anticipating the radicalism of later black leaders, from Malcolm X to Martin Luther King, Jr.

In this new edition of the Appeal, the first in over thirty years, Peter P. Hinks, the leading authority on David Walker, provides a masterly introduction and extensive annotations that incorporate the most up-to-date research on Walker, much of it first reported by Hinks in his highly acclaimed biography, To Awaken My Afflicted Brethren. Hinks also includes a unique appendix of documents showing the contemporary response — from North and South, black and white — to the Appeal itself and Walker's attempts to distribute it in the South.

Historians and political activists have long recognized the importance of Walker's Appeal. At last we have an edition worthy of its persuasive immediacy and its enduring place in American history.

Synopsis:

" In 1829 David Walker, a free black born in Wilmington, North Carolina, wrote one of America's most provocative political documents of the nineteenth century. Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World. Decrying the savage and unchristian treatment blacks suffered in the United States, Walker challenged his "afflicted and slumbering brethern" to rise up and cast off their chains. Walker worked tirelessly to circulate his book via underground networks in the South, and he was so successful that Southern lawmakers responded with new laws cracking down on "incendiary" anti-slavery material. " From the bookjacket.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Editor's Note: The Three Editions of the Appeal — David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World — Preamble — Article 1. Our Wretchedness in Consequence of Slavery — Article 2. Our Wretchedness in Consequence of Ignorance — Article 3. Our Wretchedness in Consequence of the Preachers of the Religion of Jesus Christ — Article 4. Our Wretchedness in Consequence of the Colonizing Plan — Appendix: Documents — Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780271038353
Publisher:
Pennsylvania State University Press
Subject:
Slaves
Edited by:
Peter P. Hinks
Author:
David Walker
Author:
Hinks, Peter P.
Author:
Peter P. Hinks
Author:
Walker, David
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Slavery -- United States.
Subject:
Slaves -- United States -- Social conditions.
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
African American Studies-Slavery and Reconstruction
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2000
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
137

Related Subjects

Biography » General
History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Slavery
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » US History » General

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"Synopsis" by , " In 1829 David Walker, a free black born in Wilmington, North Carolina, wrote one of America's most provocative political documents of the nineteenth century. Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World. Decrying the savage and unchristian treatment blacks suffered in the United States, Walker challenged his "afflicted and slumbering brethern" to rise up and cast off their chains. Walker worked tirelessly to circulate his book via underground networks in the South, and he was so successful that Southern lawmakers responded with new laws cracking down on "incendiary" anti-slavery material. " From the bookjacket.
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