American History I

Response sheet 20, for class, Thursday

1.  How did David Walker characterize “white” people?  Which whites, specifically?  Did he take, for instance, white abolitionists who opposed slavery into consideration?

2.  Like David Walker, the American Anti-Slavery Society invoked canonical American ideals in its emerging fight against slavery.  How did they justify the radical new idea of immediate and unconditional emancipation for slaves, at a time when most white Americans considered slavery to be a normal part of American society, outside moral debate, never mind political opposition?

3.  What kinds of activism did the Seneca Falls Convention advocate in order to secure justice for women in American society?  Did they expect historical change to be gradual or rapid?