Frederick Douglass admits to practicing of what is the "true" version of religion and the whites who openly oppose slavery. On the other hand, slave masters or remaining whites have flipped the purpose of Christianity and molded it into hypocrisy where it has become a bastardization of the true ideals behind genuine Christian thoughts. The reader gets the gist of the story that slavery and true Christianity are oppos... ... middle of paper ... ...whipping or execution, but in the end he still striven for the education that he wanted. Douglass' passion for learning helped him survive through most of the horrible times that he had to endure, and in the end that reward paid off. He hoped by writing his own narrative, that novel would open up the eyes of the people around him to the harshness of the slavery that took place before his very eyes.
A plantation missionary stated that sharing the gospel to slaves would “promote our own mortality and religion.” However the gospel and religion the masters shared with their slaves did not remain the same. The slaves were able to apply their faith to their lives, their work, and their future. The faith the slaves possessed was rich in emotion and free from preexisting regulations. In this class we focus on the many faces and interoperations of Christ that change with the seasons of history. The slave faith represented in Jupiter Hammon’s poem shows a high level of integrity and selfless, personal application of faith.
His poignant speeches raised the ire of many Northerners, yet many still felt the slaves deserved their position in life. Douglass, for his own safety, was urged to travel to England where he stayed and spoke until 1847 when he returned to the U.S. to buy his freedom. At that point, he began to write and distribute an anti-slavery newspaper called "The North Star". Not only did he present news to the slaves, but it was also highly regarded as a good source of information for those opposed to slavery. During the Civil war, Doug... ... middle of paper ... ...thony]" (49).
Frederick Douglass Essay Frederick Douglass was an African American slave reformer; he also was a writer and believed everyone should be free. Douglass once said “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.” He was willing to do anything to do the right thing. In his narrative he talks about the evils of slavery and many of the strategies to keep slavery alive as well as the tactics used to keep slaves ignorant. In 1818 Douglass was born into in slavery on a Maryland plantation in Talbot County to his mother Harriet Bailey; although he did not really know his mom till he was older she passed when he was younger. He didn‘t know his mother because the slave owners would separate them from their mothers to destroy that mother son bond; it was a tactic used to keep the slaves thought of as tools instead of people.
. In 1825, he was sent to serve as a houseboy in the home of Hugh and Sophia Auld in Baltimore. Mrs Auld grew fond of him and sought to teach him to read and write. But when her husband discovered the deed she was doing he put it to a stop, because it was unlawful to teach slaves how to read, Frederick took it upon himself to learn. He made the neighborhood boys his teachers, by giving away his food in exchange for lessons in reading and writing.
It would be too unsafe for whites to educate their slaves because a slave “should know nothing but to obey his master—to do as he is told”(47). Still, Douglass progressed to learn how to read and write without a formal teache... ... middle of paper ... ...ather and eat until they were full while the slaves who served them were starving. Frederick Douglass increased awareness about the evils of slavery by educating his peers and others who would listen about the injustice and cruelty of slaveholding and slaveholders. He was able to overcome the ignorance of educating slaves, secretly teaching himself how to read by utilizing the little knowledge that was accidentally shared with him. Douglass gained a better sense of religion by reading the Bible himself and he learned that his Christianity practiced in the south was often hypocritical.
According to Harriet her father was a hard workingman that she admired, considering her first sentences were about him. Frederick Douglass was a very unfortunate baby when he got separated from his mother. The book “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass,” was written because he wanted the world to know what he was made of and all the pain that he went through. Two slaves that didn’t wish the life they had when they were destined to be slaves. In both of these books is being shown an example of the misconduct upon slavery for both slaves and slaveholders.
Douglass combated this argument with anecdotes of how he “finally succeeded in learning to read” without a formal education (67). His anecdotes... ... middle of paper ... ...aveholders used the existence of slavery in the Bible as a defense for their actions, instead of adhering to Christian values and renouncing the warped morals of slavery. Slaveholders used corrupt morals and inherently false logic to defend slavery, but Douglass, by sharing the story of his life and of others’, dispelled the illusions of slavery. Douglass’ life provided the evidence necessary to counter the slaveholders’ arguments: racial inferiority, both physical and mental, slave happiness, and Biblical justification for slavery. By publishing this autobiography, Douglass furthered the opposition of slavery, as whites that had never experienced slavery could finally sympathize with members of the anti-slavery movement.
Shortly after, Douglass finally understands,“ the white man’s power to enslave a black man” (Douglass 34). He realizes that through knowledge and opposition to his masters, he could finally gain the freedom that he deserved. In the article, “Profiles of Greatness: Frederick Douglass” written by Amy Anderson, Douglass, “made friends with poor white children who taught him reading fundamentals” (Anderson Profiles of Greatness: Frederick Douglass). While his masters refused to let him learn, Douglass finds a way to go around this obstacle and gets help learning how to read by the poor children in the neighborhood. Douglass continues his efforts in pursuing his goal of... ... middle of paper ... ...onists and other truths about slavery.
His journey was rocky and his battle was difficult but,“…after a long, tedious effort for years, I finally succeeded in learning how to write.” (49) Knowledge set him free. By Frederick Douglass simply learning the basic fundamentals of reading and writing, he imposed a threat to his superiors. His narrative is a direct product of his enslavement; his powerful narrative brought light to a situation. Douglass is exactly what slave-owners feared. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery; as a result of Frederick’s continued resistance against his unfortunate “birthright”, he continued on to be an educated adult, a famous abolitionist, and inspirational orator.