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Walker's Appeal
In 1829, a free black man living in Boston, David walker, published an incendiary pamphlet entitled: "The Appeal." "The Appeal" called for slaves to rise up against their masters. Walker wrote: "I speak, Americans, for your good. We must and shall be free, I say in spite of you. You may do your best to keep us in wretchedness and misery, to enrich you and your children; but God will deliver us from under you. And woe, woe will be to you if we have to obtain our freedom fighting."

The Mayor of Savannah responded by demanding that the Boston police arrest Walker. Thus, a pattern began-- Northerners published books and articles against slavery, and Southerners demanded they be stopped.