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The Appeal inspired blacks and whites in the abolitionist movement.
Three months after Walker died, for instance, the Boston Evening Transcript noted that blacks regarded the Appeal " as if it were a star in the east guiding them to freedom and emancipation .” Whites, meanwhile, were radicalized by reading Walker's pamphlet.
William Lloyd Garrison, one of the most influential American abolitionists, began publishing The Liberator in January 1831 not long after the appearance of the Appeal, and early weekly editions of Garrison's newspaper focused on Walker's pamphlet.
Garrison, who believed slaveowners would be punished by God, rejected the violence Walker advocated but nevertheless recognized that slaveowners were courting disaster by refusing to free their slaves.
" Every sentence that they write -- every word that they speak -- every resistance that they make, against foreign oppression, is a call upon their slaves to destroy them ," Garrison wrote.

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