The Role Of Slavery 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 for twisting God’s words. In the appendix, he talks about two different ideology: Christianity of Christ, …show more content…
Many Southerners Christians owned slaves, and they made them work on their plantations and house every day. In the Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, An American slave, Douglass calls out Mr. Freeland, Rev. Daniel Weeden, and Rev. Rigby Hopkins, the members of Reformed Methodist Church, for being Christian Slaveholders. Frederick states “It was my unhappy lot not only to belong to a religious slaveholder, but to live in a community of such religionists” (67). To justify the inhuman practice of slavery, the Christian slave owners used the old Biblical story of Ham, son of Noah. In the Bible, Ham was cursed for his sins, and his punishment was to serve his brothers. In the article, “Preaching the Evils of Slavery” located in the book, Slavery in Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, Robert G. O’Meally explains “Many Slaveholders used the biblical argument to condone slavery, suggesting that blacks were justifiably descendants of Ham who were meant to be a servant to others” (32). This twisted interpretation of the Ham story by the Christian slave owners is false because there is not enough evidence in the bible to prove that African-Americans are the descendants of Ham. In the article “From Noah’s curse to Slavery’s Rationale” Felicia Lee states “in the biblical account, Noah and his family are not described in racial terms” …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 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 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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