Abstract

Abstract:

Locating the Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World within a tradition of antityranny writing from antiquity through the Declaration of Independence, this article traces David Walker’s precise redefinition of the relationship between tyranny and slavery. Rejecting the longstanding idea that enslavement is a social, rather than a political, institution, Walker points to the pernicious effects of representing tyranny as a kind of enslavement, particularly when coupled with the denial that slavery is a form of tyranny. In tandem with its vehement denunciations, the Appeal offers a nuanced argument that American slavery is nothing other than tyranny; those suffering under its abuses have both a right and a duty to rebel against its abuses.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1468-4365
Print ISSN
0896-7148
Pages
pp. 1-28
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-10
Open Access
No
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