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From the beginning slavery was embedded in American culture and played an integral role in American development Starting at its emergence as a British colony then later as an independent nation Americas growth prosperity and resulting international strength depended greatly on the exploitation of African slave labor However even though slavery was originally at the base of American culture it proved to be a faulty foundation Conflict concerning slavery soon effected all aspects of American life Growing moral awareness racial prejudice and fear of the growing colored population just to name a few were issues that caused increasing friction within the United States especially between the slaveholders in the south and the increasingly vocal abolitionists in the north David Walkers Appeal and Balancing Evils Judiciously the story of Zephaniah Kingsley both clearly illustrate the above mentioned conflicts associated with slavery and give unique and contrasting views concerning the practice of slavery preceding the American Civil War Each author addresses slavery and related topics such as race prejudice and the plan for African colonization Each author also claims to have genuine concern for the welfare of American slaves and free colored people However their perspectives on these subjects are completely different and therefore the arguments presented by each of these men are largely incompatible Slavery affected Zephaniah Kingsley and David Walker in completely different ways Their most obvious difference was that Kingsley was white and Walker was black Kingsley was a white slave holding plantation owner while Walker was a free black man These circumstance alone set these two men worlds apart First let us examine Zephaniah Kingsleys opinions about slavery race and African colonization Kingsley owned a large Plantation in Florida and was obviously pro-slavery He believed like many other slaveholders of his time that slavery was a necessary evil but if conducted correctly served for the good of everyone involved Within his Treatise on The Patriarchal Slave System Kingsley stated that slavery is
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