Chapter Summary: Difference Between Christianity And Religion In The South

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There is a great difference between Christianity and religion at the south. If a man goes to the communion table, and pays money into the treasury of the church, no matter if it be the price of blood, he is called religious. If a pastor has offspring by a woman not his wife, the church dismiss him, if she is a white woman; but if she is colored, it does not hinder his continuing to be their good shepherd. (Jacobs 64)

To expand, in this above excerpt Jacobs is attempting to differentiate between Christianity and religion in the south. Southern religion directly mirrors that of religious dogma. She gives a clear example by stating “If a man goes to the communion table, and pays money into the treasury of the church, no matter if it be the price
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Death is better than slavery”(Jacobs 54). This happened right after Linda gave birth to her first child, her son Benjamin. This excerpt depicts how an enslaved women at times might prefer her child dead than to be brought up in the world as a slave, it is implied that she does. Enslaved men wouldnt even know how to fathom this, yes they had children with other enslaved women but it the same, they are not the ones to carry the child and deliver it into the world they would have considered a nightmare. So here Jacobs is drawing a clear distinction between the two sexes when it comes to how either is affected by…show more content…
First and foremost they negated all the accusation against their race made by Thomas Jefferson in his “Notes to the State of Virginia”. Thanks to the works of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, and Sojourner Truth the world has became aware of all we as African American people were and are currently able to offer. Though this was an overall accomplishment for the African American race, it became more focused in on enslaved African American women. Jacobs eloquently disproves Jefferson's claims in a poet and articulate way. Through her precise use of metaphor and rhetoric she was able to dispel Jefferson's overzealous observations and place the blame of his results on the cause of circumstance and simple poor observation, none of his findings were actually backed up by science so they couldn't be seen as credible at all, they were all just mere accusations. Jacobs went on in her concise manner to derail the agenda behind the religious hegemony in correlation to the enslaved African American community. Harriet was able to expose the white slaveholders on limiting slaves to the absolute minimal potential based on their fear that a rebellion was possible and if the enslaved were able to gain any type of agency and power then they would revolt and the entire nation would implode. Though this was unwarranted and preposterous it was the way in which the slaveholders thought at the time.
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