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Sterling Stuckey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931675.001.0001

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David Walker: In Defense of African Rights and Liberty

David Walker: In Defense of African Rights and Liberty

(p.110) 2 David Walker: In Defense of African Rights and Liberty
Slave Culture

Sterling Stuckey

Oxford University Press

Born in North Carolina of a slave father and free mother, David Walker dedicated himself, with iron resolve, to the emancipation of people of color, eventually publishing his Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World, in which he urges a founding principle of nationalism, unified struggle. Another feature of his nationalism included his belief in the need for blacks themselves to record their history. Even as he found deficiencies in slave culture such as, he thought, the insufficient presence of Christianity, he believed in African moral character. He did not believe all Africans had rejected Christianity, that many had fused their own morality with Christianity, thereby transforming it, at times carrying it to its highest heights. Walker viewed the racism of Thomas Jefferson and the efforts of Henry Clay to oust blacks from the country unworthy of a land purporting to be free.

Keywords:   African burial mound, Slave labor, The American Colonization Society, Kunering (John Canoeing), Freedom's Journal, Richard Allen

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