Evangelical Movement Essay

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Being part of the evangelical movement and trying to embrace their religion took it’s toile on many southern women. Southern women were expected to be moral caregivers. They were responsible for bringing family members closer to God and often carried a large burden when their husband’s or children rejected the faith or fell short. Some mother even believed that if they loved their children too much or “made them into idols,” God would let their children die. Women’s spiritual authority often set them up for great disappointment with flashes of satisfaction in their family lives. Mother’s also felt obligated to make sure their husband and children were properly and appropriately taken care of, especially when it came to religious matters. …show more content…
Mother’s had a responsibility to their children. Evangelical mothers were expected to exert total authority over their children, teach them to be obedient, and punish children in a moderate tone. Women within the church often comforted one another and felt as if they were the only ones who understood one another. Women were often taught not to seek counsel from men because “they didn’t understand their problems anyway.” One woman taught in Bible study "do not cast your jewels before them” basically referring to the men of the church as pigs.
Unlike the older married women whom were trying to both embrace their religion and keep their families in-tact, younger southern women had more freedom to express their religion. Young, Southern women whom had not yet been wed, especially embraced the evangelical rituals. These younger women had no husband to please and often found satisfaction
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Evangelical teachings suggested Masters and slave holders should free their slaves. They believed it was wrong to own, trade or sale slaves. African Americans felt as if white Christians were hypocrites and often pointed out the contradictions between God’s Word and slaveholders’ cruelty and inhumanity. William Wells Brown say, “Slaveholders hide themselves behind the Church. . . . A more praying, preaching, psalm-singing people cannot be found than the slave holders of the South.” White southerners found these beliefs extremely conflicting. Some would say African Americans embraced the evangelical movement simple because it went against slavery while others believe it was a strong connection to religious faith. Although African American women were discouraged by men of both races, many developed an unassailable confidence in their spirituality. Religion gave both African American women and white women a sense of purpose. It was one thing they had control over. In the account of one woman, Letty, an African American slave who attempted to repent of her sins and become a Christian asked for guidance from both her master and her brother whom was a slave preacher. Both concluded that Letty was not under conviction and that she should not participate in the church. Letty along with two other African American women eventually began

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