A Comparison Of Abolism In The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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Ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery throughout the United States, and abolitionist movement played a huge part in abolishing slavery to its core. Abolitionists like Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Wendell Phillips were part of this movement; among these abolitionist Frederick Douglass stands out the most because he was born as a slave, he had experienced the slavery, and despite being a slave, taught himself how to read and write. He shares his experience with in his book the Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave. Throughout the text, he criticizes the Christian slave owners, churches and priests for twisting God’s words. In the appendix, he talks about two different theologies: …show more content…
The Christian slave owners separated the mother and her baby because they did not want the them to create the bond between each other. Frederick himself was separated by Captain Anthony, Christian owner and Douglass’s father, from her mother, after his birth. Frederick explains “Frequently, before the child has reached its twelfth month, its mother is taken from it” (2). The slave owners leased their slaves to other slave holders. These slaveholders were able to pick as many slaves that they desired. of course, every slaveholder wanted young hard-working slaves, and not some pregnant slave woman, and this resulted in husband and child getting separated from their Family. In the article, “How Slavery Affected African American Families” Heather Williams reports “Slaveowners’ wealth lay largely in the people they owned, therefore, they frequently sold and or purchased people as finances warranted” (1). The slave owners overlooked the God’s word, so they can sell children to make their own …show more content…
So-called Christian slave owners were the cruelest kind. They whipped slaves for the smallest reasons. Frederick provides example about Captain Thomas Auld beating a slave woman, for not being productive, with cow skin until the blood start dripping from her body, and then uses bible to justify the beating. Frederick states “… in justification of the bloody deed, he would quote this passage of Scripture— “He that knoweth his master’s will, and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes”” (48). Surprisingly, even the churches owned the women and children slaves, and the churches were just as cruel as the slave owners or worse in some case. The churches did not even provide clothes or medical help to their slaves. In the article ““the worst kind of slavery”: Slave-Owning Presbyterian Churches in Prince Edward County, Virginia” Jennifer Oast states “Briery [church] slaves did not receive medical care and clothing equal to those of slaves who belonged to individual masters and mistress” (890-891). The God, who teaches men to treat others as he wants to be treated, would not agree with Captain Auld or the Briery church cruelty against the

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