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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

by Frederick Douglass
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How does religion play a role in Douglass’s life and abolition?

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Douglass reserves some his most vehement words and anger for the way the Christian religion is abused at the hands of the slaveowners. In his appendix, he clarifies that when he condemns religion, he is not condemning the real Christianity of love, mercy, and compassion, which he embraces. Instead, he makes a distinction between such real Christians, including abolitionists such as Mr. George Cookman, and the false Christianity of the slaveholder. He writes of that false faith,

I look upon it as the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels.

Earlier in his narrative, when his cruel master experiences a religious conversion at a Methodist camp revival in...

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