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Issues: 20 th Century Crisis Introduction to the History of Human Rights 016:017 Paper Assignment #1 Josh Bauer 1
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Through different perspectives come diverse views on the world around us. Rights of individuals and equality are treasures that took thousands of years to set in stone. Many individuals throughout those years came across racial or sexual discrimination, even after they had been carved into finished documents. David Walker, a black slave composed one of the most radical anti-slavery documents ever. 1 Walker was an African American that in essence felt he deserved the respect and the liberties that his fellow Americans were being granted. Every clause of every document written would state that “we” as the people of America deserve this, and are entitled to that. Documents were made to be abided by the group, not exclude minorities. This all leads to a rebellious document written by David Walker, appealing justice and disagreeing with the fact that all are being treated as equals. Through David Walkers Appeal , Walker is challenging that he is not getting fair civil rights, based on natural rights in which the Declaration of Independence states that all men should be treated equal. As Americans, a key to our nations success and credibility is because of how we grant all citizens the same civil rights. These rights are given as an honor, and state that all people are offered the same freedoms. As a citizen of this country, one shall be given many rights that they have earned by being a citizen of America. Life, property, speech, 1 David Walkers, “David Walker’s Appeal,” Appeal delivered to the United States of America citizens, Nashville, Tennessee, 1829. Pg. 2 2
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and many more are all among freedoms that are to be given to all citizens. 2 Walker argues the opposite. “Are we Men!! I ask you, O my brethren. ..” 3 Walker believes that the whites were getting so rich and so fat off of the blacks hard work, that this is the blacks country. 4
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course 016 017 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Iowa.

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