In addition to establishing himself as a credible narrator and using anecdotes with repetitive diction and imagery, Douglass also highlights how religion was enforced in slavery. Every slave owner that Douglass belonged to was hypocritical and deceival towards their faith. This is frequently used through all his anecdotes to persuade the reader that slavery is full of non-sense and that the “devoted, peaceful, just, and kind owners” were full of lies. “He seemed to think himself equal to deceiving the Almighty. He would make a short prayer in the morning, and a long prayer at night; and, strange as it may seem, few men would at times appear more devotional than he…My non-compliance would almost always produce much confusion.
Anywhere in the world where the family unit is threatened then violence follows...no one wins“(Brendan Cox, 2016). Brendan has personally seen the effects of war on society and the impact of war on the innocent and the exploitation of families. In a similar way, the Baptist church also upholds this social teaching. Baptists have a long historical tradition of compassionate service and advocacy for social justice. They draw inspiration from what the Bible teaches about God as a God of justice and Jesus’s liberating ministry (Baptcare, 1981).
This modern Bible- as researched by British historian David Reynolds- introduced a new religion of equality, acceptance, and love for everyone no matter skin color, age, or economic status (1). Uncle Tom’s Cabin reformed the meaning of Christian religion during a period when most modern and corrupt churches weren’t standing against slavery, and sometimes encouraged it (Reynolds 1). As revealed in avid Civil War historian, Lyle Cullen Sizer’s work, Stowe’s animosity towards slavery emerged from her belief that it was un- Christian and her duty to end it (35). Stowe grew increasingly upset with the religious’ response to the strengthening of the fugitive slave law (Sizer 35). Previously, she thought that engaging in arguments of slavery was unnecessary, however, after seeing the minister’s response she said, “‘The time is come” when all must speak, “Even a woman or child’” (qtd.
William Henry Singleton, a native of North Carolina and former slave, shares his life of both a slave and a soldier in his narrative “Recollections of My Slavery Days”. Singleton was born on August 10, 1835 in Newbern, North Carolina (1). He recalls how is birth was not that great for he was “a black man” (1). According to him, because he was black, it was “believed that he had no soul” (1). Although Singleton’s narrative contain historical events relevant his time as a slave, it might be qualified as a slave narrative because of important aspects regarding to the components described in a document titled “General Structures of Slave Narratives”.
Both King and Douglass were advocating for the same thing: their constitutional sanction of freedom. Both men, in their respective letters touch upon parallel thoughts and beliefs that revolve around the much bigger topic of racial inequality and discrimination. Both men were discriminated against and they talk about their experiences and plight in their very distinctive yet special styles. Born in the year 1817, in an era of open and unashamed slave trade, Frederick Douglass’s story begins as a serf to Mrs. Hugh in the city of Maryland. Eventually, he got his education and his freedom and escaped the slave trade, after having suffered repeatedly at the hands of his ‘owners’.
Secondly, Douglass adds on to his speech by describing that the slaves are living a gloomy existence while the young Nation is celebrating its freedom and liberty which they don’t get to experience because they are a lock in chains. He uses ethos to appeal to the moral idealistic views of the fellow Christian man by bringing the question of God by saying “[...] and would make me reproach before God and the world (P. 5).” By expressing his views, Douglass and the audience unite under the set of clear morals that came from God who would disagree with the actions that they comminuted
In the excerpt of the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave,” Douglass discusses the horrors of being enslaved and a fugitive slave. Through Douglass’s use of figurative language, diction and repetition he emphasizes the cruelty he experiences thus allowing readers to under-stand his feelings of happiness, fear and isolation upon escaping slavery. Figurative language allocates emotions such as excitement, dread and seclusion. As a slave you have no rights, identity or home. Escaping slavery is the only hope of establishing a sense of self and humanity.
He ignores the fact that for many slaves, like Raboteau and others have argued, religion was a form of rebelliousness, a source of moral high ground, and a means to be socially recognized. For example, Raboteau brings to light instances in which, “in the fervor of religious worship, master and slave, white and black, could be found sharing a common event, profession a common faith and experiencing a common ecstasy.” The slaves under the faith of god were socially recognized by the wider system that was the Christian faith. But even more pressing is the example of black preachers being able to conduct religious services in which they would sway and inspire religious experiences inside black and white bodies alike. Raboteau provides us with an overwhelming number of examples that prove that slaves gained social standing using the symbols that their masters enacted to control them. My personal favorite is from a white lady named Parthenia Hague who after a service led by a black preacher said that
Uncle Tom’s Cabin can be seen to reflect the actions of slavery to audiences that were not experiencing it in a best-case scenario approach. Throughout the play, Stowe illustrates African American characters, “slaves” in the same equality and aspects as the whites, “masters”. She uses irony to depict how wrong slavery is by exploring situations and proves a good master is not truly good. The play exposes slavery as a negative act nonetheless, however, in an ethical, proper approach without being racist. In the play, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, there were two sides of slavery, while there was a happy scene with laughter and prayer in Uncle Tom’s cabin, Mr. Shelby was making a deal to sell two of his slaves which would in turn split families apart.
On the one hand, Northup focuses on Ford’s kind treatment towards his slaves and Ford’s nonviolent beliefs regarding the institution of slavery, which makes a respectable argument for slave owners to treat their slaves better. On the other hand, Northup goes into depth about the constant pain that slaves must endure. Both of these strategies sustain the logical argument of treating slaves better. Whether a slave owner recognizes the possible benefits of treating slaves better, or recognizes the sheer inhumanity and emotional and physical abuse that slaves experience, Northup’s narrative advocates better treatment of slaves and gives multiple examples of why slave owners should treat slaves better. Can slave narratives change everyone’s perspective on slavery?