How persuasive do you find Walker’s contentions about Jefferson as “one of the great characters as ever lived among whites”?
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After reading David Walker’s Appeal in Four Articles; Together with a Preamble, to the Coloured Citizens of the World, read Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia (This is the link, but you may want to open it in a separate window: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part3/3h490t.htmlLinks to an external site.).
1. How persuasive do you find Walker’s contentions about Jefferson as “one of the great characters as ever lived among whites”?
2. Do you read this judgment as contradictory to other conclusions Walker reaches about Jefferson? Why or why not?
3. Can Walker’s Appeal rightly be said to argue for what we currently identify as affirmative action? Why or why not?
4. Do you feel that Walker’s stance on interracial marriage contradicts the overall argument of the Appeal? Why or why not?