The Justification Of Slaveholders

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In most slaveholding households, the justification used to defend how they treated slaves was often religion. Slaveholders would often times quote scriptures from the Bible after a beating, to further prove their lesson. The members of the church were the most corrupt individuals as they would beat, rape, and sell slaves throughout the week, and celebrate their “Holiness” on Sunday. Slaves would get beatings for many reasons, or maybe for no reason at all depending on the mood of the slaveholder. After one of these cruel beating, a verse from the Bible would be embedded into the minds of the slave. “He that knowth his master’s will, and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes.” This scripture was used by Douglass’s former Master,

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