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Walker's Appeal, in Four Articles: Together with a Preamble, to the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in Particular, and Very Expressly, to Those of the United States of America

David Walker


First published in 1829, this book called on slaves to rise up and free themselves. The two subsequent versions of this document (including the reprinted 1830 edition published shortly before Walker's death) were increasingly radical. Addressed to the whole world but directed primarily to people of color around the world, the 87-page pamphlet by a free black man born in North Carolina and living in Boston advocates immediate emancipation and slave rebellion. Here Walker asks the slaves among his readers whether they wouldn't prefer to “be killed than to be a slave to a tyrant.” He advises them ... More

Keywords: slaves, people of color, free black man, Wilmington, North Carolina, Boston, emancipation, African Americans, slave rebellion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780807869475
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869482_walker


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Walker, author