Civil Rights Since 1787
This paper discusses the abstract use of Christianity for the submission of American slaves in the south.
# 118097 | 2,386 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Jan 05, 2010 in African-American Studies (Pre-Civil War) , History (U.S. Before 1865) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , African-American Studies (Slavery)
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This paper examines the power of religion and explores how a perversion of the tenets and beliefs of Christianity were used to abuse and mistreat blacks in the south. This paper also discusses the long term effects of white slave owners forcing Christian beliefs on black slaves.
From the Paper:"The power of religion is a power greater than any man or group of men through the annals of history. of all faiths, (not just these 3) we see they serve to give, hope, empowerment, self worth, and understanding in an ever-unforgiving world. In 15th century Europe, Christianity was the answer to all questions, despite it's followers waning faith. The perversion of Christianity has long been a tool of kings, popes, and plantation owners. More recently, the Spanish conquistadors used Christianity to condone their massacre of South American Indians. And more than that, early American plantation owners employed this tactic in hopes of maintaining their power over newly imported slaves. Claiming to be an incarnate of Jesus wielded god-like powers unto his followers. American Slavery was not devoid of these practices of power control using religion. I am not disputing that the introduction of Christianity to new African slaves was to better control them."
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- Baer, Hans A. & Singer, Merrill. African American Religion in the 20th Century Varieties of Protest and Accommodation. (Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press 1944)
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- Fulop, Timothy E. & Raboteau, Albert J.. African American Religion Interpretive Essays in history and Culture. (New York: Routledge 1997)
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