Black Abolitionist Archive
Subtitle: Slaves and Missions.
Speaker or author: editor
Newspaper or publication: Weekly Anglo-African (1859 - 1862)
The writer comments on an article published in another newspaper. He discusses the religious doctrine preached to slaves by white ministers that encourages them to believe that their lot in life is dictated by God because of the color of their skin. This, he tells his readers, is designed to make slaves submit to their white masters, remain ignorant, and be content with their lack of freedom. Southern planters are encouraged to believe that they must help slaves comply with this divine doctrine so that the slaves are unaware of the injustice of slavery. In this way, religion is used as a tool to help keep slaves docile and obedient.
Description of file(s): one scanned, two columned, newspaper page