David Walker, an African American, born in 1785. David’s life began in the deep south of North Carolina in a town called Wilmington. In spite of the fact that his father was a slave, Walker was born into freedom. The laws in North Carolina dictated that children would inherit the status of their mother; who in this case was a free woman. Slavery was prevalent in the United States especially in the South at the time Walker was born. His father was not a part of Walker’s life because it is believed that he either died before his birth or when Walker was very young.
Walker’s freedom did not mean that he did not see the cruelty and inhumanity of his (brothers and sisters.His actual brothers and sisters or other black slaves?) His mother was sure to raise her son with a deep, intense hatred toward slavery. Extensive travels throughout the south allowed him to see the treatment of slaves first hand and to solidify his feelings to fight to resolve this brutality of other human beings.
Around the age of 30, David Walker believed that he had to leave the south before he decided to punish those inflicting such hardships on others. His many years of traveling allowed him to meet others who were fighting for equal rights and for slavery to be abolished. He was self taught therefore he continued to educate himself by reading and writing. Walker finally settled in Boston in 1826 where he became the owner of a small shop that sold both new and used clothes, he married and had one son, who would later become involved with politics. Little is known of Walker’s wife but many believe that she was a slave who had escaped.
Walker’s clothing business allowed him to be able to assist those who had escaped both their slave-owners and the bounty hunt...
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...g the injustice and brutality of other human beings to take place so that they could grow wealthy.
Even as dark and cynical as Walker may sound throughout his writing he does allow for hope. If Blacks would strengthen their faith and receive an education that was truly “teaching” then the debasement of Blacks could and would come to an end. Likewise, the white Americans needed to repent, turn back to God and restore to the Blacks their dignity then their just God will not destroy them.
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