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Fredrick Douglas In "Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass"

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"The Problems of Religion and Slavery"In the times of slavery there were two religious revivals one was the Great awakening which was an emotional, revivalist movement that took place from the mid- 1740s until the 1770s, which had its greatest impact on both coastal regions and the backcountry. The Second Great Awakening gave importance to the emotions of the people and it preached the doctrines of work and salvation to all, the revivalist movement took place in the mid-1800s and helped people adjusts control to their daily lives both slaves and slave owners. In the book Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass written by him, takes place throughout one of the religious revivals. He speaks about his life as a slave and all the obstacles had to overcome in order to become a free. The book makes a lot of biblical references and he speaks about his views of the religion of the cruel slave holders.Douglass first introduces himself as a child born into slavery a mixed population of children. He mentions that some religious people believe that god cursed the descendants of ham and therefore American slavery is right (Douglass, 44). He continues to go on and speak about his life as a slave and how he was taken to a plantation where the overseer of the slaves was a cruel man and eventually died, the slaves saw it as a blessing from god because the overseer who replaced him was much kinder. It's a silly thought to me because if God was to make any blessings it would not be such a small blessing as to taking away an overseer just because he was cruel, how about all the other slaves who had cruel overseers, that were cruel for decades and were never taken away.Douglass was later chosen to go live in Baltimore as a slave do to the fact that his slave owner had died. During the journey to Baltimore he thought about his faith in god and mentions how the whole time he was a slave he had confidence that there was a god. It is that what kept him motivated to live and gave him hope to one day be free. "The good spirit was from god and that to him I offer thanksgiving and praise (Douglass, 62)".Douglass went to the house Mr. and Mrs. Auld, he mentions how Mrs. Auld was kind hearted and later started to teach him the alphabet. He later received the bad news that the only family he had left his grandmother had died. He mentions how it's unfortunate that his grandmother worked so many years for her master and she no family and nobody there for her, she was left to die alone. Douglass temporarily looses faith and questions if God is without a doubt righteous.As Douglass continues to tell his story as a slave and all the different plantations he was moved to, he also mentions...

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