- NAME: David Walker
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Writer
- BIRTH DATE: c. 1796
- DEATH DATE: c. August 06, 1830
- Did You Know?: After his Appeal was published, a $1,000 reward was offered for David Walker's death, and $10,000 was promised if he could be captured alive.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Wilmington, North Carolina
- PLACE OF DEATH: Boston, Massachusetts
- Full Name: David Walker
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In 1829, African-American abolitionist David Walker wrote an incendiary pamphlet that argued for the end of slavery and discrimination in the United States.
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With the controversy concerning Walker's pamphlet growing—a reward had been offered for his death—friends urged him to move to Canada. He refused. When Walker was found dead in Boston circa August 6 (some sources say June 28), 1830, many assumed that he had been poisoned (in fact, he may have succumbed to tuberculosis,
which had also killed his daughter). City records state that he was 33 when he died.
Walker's actions changed the tone and aims of the abolition movement. Most abolitionists had supported the gradual phasing out of slavery, but Walker declared that the institution was a scourge that required immediate elimination. And instead of supporting the return of freed slaves to Africa, he believed that every African American had the right to be a full and equal citizen of the United States. His fiercely argued views would affect and inspire others for years to come.
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