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A 4 page paper which examines what religion meant to Frederick Douglass utilizing his “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” and his speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” No additional sources cited.
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with that of Jesus as they were ridiculed and crucified in many ways. In Frederick Douglass speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" and his autobiography "The
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" we are presented with his views on religion, God, and how God and religion played a very important role in his life.
Religion and Frederick Douglass In this examination we start with his autobiographical work which was written in 1845. In this we first see religion or Christianity examined in the
case relating to Ham. He indicates that the white man used the story of Ham to vindicate the existence of slavery. They argued that, "God cursed Ham, and therefore American
slavery is right. If the lineal descendants of Ham are alone to be scripturally enslaved, it is certain that slavery at the south must soon become unscriptural; for thousands are
ushered into the world, annually, who, like myself, owe their existence to white fathers, and those fathers most frequently their own masters" (Douglass , 1845). In this we see that
Douglass is indicating that the white mans reasoning is ridiculous and likely has nothing to do with God and his desires concerning slavery. Douglass is constantly, and consistently, giving
us a clear distinction between religion of men and God. He indicates that when he was chosen for a particular master and job he felt "divine Providence in" his "favor...This
good spirit was from God, and to him I offer thanksgiving and praise" Douglass , 1845). In this we see that he clearly gave praise to God for the good
things that happened to him. But, at the same time he was not without doubt: "God, deliver me! Let me be free! Is there any God?...I will run away...God helping