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Christian Slave Owner's Justification of Slavery in Harriet Jacob's "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" Contrasted with the Bible's Views on Slave

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Despite the fact that Christianity teaches the values of respect, goodwill and generosity, etc., Christian slave holders seem to exclude themselves from these standards, which is indubitably hypocritical. African American slavery is reducing a human being to the condition of property, the same as other goods, wares, merchandise and chattels. The treatment of slaves was customarily lamentable because slave masters had their profit in mind rather than the well-being of their slaves. Due to the way that slavery was practiced in the South, it and Christianity cannot coexist. Those who assume that it can, and practice these two things congruently, are profoundly sanctimonious.
In Harriet Jacob’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, the violence that Linda Brent either witnessed or encountered herself was implemented by a Christian master. Throughout Linda’s life she came to acknowledge that a Christian master was the most dreadful master of all. A Christian master knew the word of God (the teachings from the Bible), so he was able to intentionally misconstrue biblical verses to his...


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