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Eliza Diop 10.19.10 Intro to the Black Experience Midterm Essay; Question 2 David Walker’s Appeal ‘Appeal’ is defined as an earnest request for aid, support, sympathy, mercy and etc. One may question why David Walker chose this title as it alludes to him pleading for White support and sympathy but that is, in fact, incorrect. Through the syntax in the document, it is illustrated that David Walker is making an earnest request for aid and support from his fellow African- American brethren to fight against their White masters and claim their freedom. David Walker’s document has a loud, radical voice that sets the tone for its entirety. His use of strong syntax and his accusatory tone capture the reader’s attention and leave them feeling as angry and David Walker does himself. Walker’s appeal is organized into a Preamble, with four Articles each with their own subtitles. It is ironic, yet not surprising, that Walker designed his document to be similar to America’s Constitution. Thus, he is stabbing at America’s Constitution and calling it flawed by writing his own. Each of his Articles addresses similar themes yet they all have their own main ideas. As a whole, Walker’s appeal argues the following: 1. the hypocrisy in the title ‘Christian Americans,’ and the fact that Americans have no right to call themselves followers of Christ because of their treatment of slaves; 2. the imminent punishment by God that those American’s will suffer; 3. the comparison of the treatment of slaves to that of any other group of people in the world; and finally, the absolute necessity for Blacks to remove their ignorance and fight for their freedom and claim their God-given rights. Article I, entitled: “ Our Wretchedness in Consequence of Slavery,” argues that no slave experience in the world is as miserable as the African slave experience and that no people have suffered as greatly as they. Walker compares the African slave experience to that of the Israelites
in Egypt, and the Spartans and Helots. He says, “but to prove farther that the condition of the Israelites was better under the Egyptians than ours is under the whites.” He continues to say, “…

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