Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
- Why do you think Douglass added the appendix?
- What does he mean by “slaveholding religion”?
- Why does Douglass contend that the church turns the other cheek on the treatment of slaves?
- How does he compare the slaveholding Christians to the Pharisees and ancient scribes?
- How does he criticize the church of the north?
QUOTES - You do not have to explain each quote. Instead, use these quotes to summarize, in one paragraph, FD's feelings on religion and slavery.
“Between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognized the widest possible difference-so wide, that to receive the one as good, pure, and holy, is of necessity to reject the other as bad, corrupt, and wicked. To be the friend of the one, is of necessity to be the enemy of the other. I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ: I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land” (p. 120).
“The slave prison and the church stand near each other. The clanking of fetters and the rattling of chains in the prison, and the pious psalm and solemn prayer in the church, may be heard at the same time” (p. 121).
“The dealer gives his blood-stained gold to support the pulpit, and the pulpit, in return, covers his infernal business with the garb of Christianity” (p. 121).
“They would be shocked at the proposition of fellowshipping a sheep-stealer; and at the same time they hug to their communion a man-stealer” (p. 123).
“They attend with Pharisaical strictness to the outward forms of religion, and at the same time neglect the weightier matters of law, judgment, mercy, and faith” (p. 123).
“They are they who are represented as professing to love God whom they have not seen, whilst they hate their brother whom they have seen” (p. 123).
“They love the heathen on the other side of the globe. They can pray for him, pay money to have the Bible put into his hand, and missionaries to instruct him; while they despise and totally neglect the heathen at their own doors” (p. 123).
- For what two reasons does Frederick tell us that he cannot relate the means of his escape?
- Why does he not approve of the underground railroad?
- What does Master Hugh do to attempt to encourage Frederick to continue to earn money? What effect does his
- encouragement have?
- What does Frederick ask of Master Thomas? What is he told?
- What arrangement does Frederick eventually make with Master Hugh? Why is this arrangement to Master Hugh’s
- advantage? Why does Frederick agree to it?
- What does Master Hugh do when he discovers that Frederick has left town to find work?
- Why does Frederick decide to work hard despite the dissolution of their agreement?
- When and to where does Frederick run away?
- Why does he feel so lonely?
- Who helps Frederick in New York? How?
- How is it possible for Frederick and Anna to marry? Why is their marriage such an important event?
- Why does Mr. Ruggles suggest that Frederick not stay in New York and go to New Bedford, Massachusetts?
- Who helps Frederick and Anna in New Bedford? What does he do for them?
- Why did Frederick change his name so many times? Who chooses Douglass? Why?
- What had Douglass believed about life in the North? Was he correct? What does he find about life in the North?
- How were the wharves in New Bedford different from those in Baltimore?
- What conditions did he find for “colored people”?
- What does Douglass discover about prejudice against color in New Bedford?
- How does Douglass make a living when he can’t find work as a caulker?
- How does Douglass become known to the “anti-slavery world”?
- Why is Douglass at first reluctant to speak out against slavery?