C. 'Slave Narratives, From The Bullwhip Days'

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Controlling the Gospel
To this day, we see variation among denominations of Christianity. These are mainly variations of interpretation, which is bound to happen since no one from the Bible is living to verify the true meaning. During the time period described in Slave Narratives, From the Bullwhip Days a collection of stories from former slaves and 12 Years a Slave based on Solomon Northup’s life written by John Ridley, Christianity was controlled by those who could read. Education among slaves was seen as undesirable, an uneducated slave was easier to control as opposed to an educated one. Preaching to those who are unable to read the Bible themselves makes it rather easy to take things out of context, leaving it up to the masters, in this case, to teach the word with their discretion. This led to major discrepancies in Christianity.
Solomon, the main character in 12 Years a Slave, is a free black man that is kidnapped and forced into slavery. He is an educated man, so he was able to read the Bible. Once he was taken into slavery he was held under two different masters. Master Ford was the first man he belonged to. On Ford’s plantation sermons were given. Ford preached
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Understanding the gospel and looking at the context of scripture, however, plays a tremendous role in the interpretation of the Word. Slaves who were unable to read made it extremely easy for whites to sculpt the interpretation of scripture to their advantage. “After I was a plumb old man, I read in the papers that there was nine hundred preachers in the penitentiary and I said to myself ‘There ought to be nine hundred more there, if they would just ketch them all’—them preachers and their left-handed fellowship,” Jack Mattox exclaims (Mellon 120). Not all slaves were victim to this so-called “left-handed fellowship.” It all depended on who held the control and what they chose to do with

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