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Freedom is something I take for granted It is something I have come to expect and abuse Unfortunately the writers I will be exploring were not afforded this luxury David Walker Maria Stewart and Frederick Douglas all share the common thread of religion in their works The thread of religion is explored in various ways by the authors but they all seem to use soul brutes the bible historical references and Christianity to define their situation in life Soul what is soul and who or what has a soul First to understand soul you must first understand what a soul is the spiritual rational immortal substance in man which distinguishes him from brutes the part of man that enables him to think and reason and which renders him a subject to moral government Such is the nature of human soul that it must have a God an object of supreme affection Websters Dictionary The Catholic Encyclopedias definition of soul is The soul may be defined as the ultimate internal principle by which we think feel and will by our bodies are animated The term mind usually denotes this principle as the subject our conscious state while soul denotes vegetative activities as well In David Walkers Appeal Preamble Article I I believe that the author is seeking answers from the general populous from God as well as himself regarding the brutilization of his brethren Walker compares the coloured people with the Egyptians or Israelites saying that they are one in the same both were enslaved and unjustly treated I refer you in the first place to the children of Jacob or of the Israel in Egypt under Pharaoh and the Egyptians were-I know it to be a fact that some of them take the Egyptians to have been a gang of devils not knowing any better and they Egyptians having got possession of the Lords people treated them nearly as cruel as Christian Americans
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