The Slavery Of The Slave Trade

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Religious institutions have played a prominent role in the history of American culture, and legislation. These institutions were especially impactful during the start of American colonization. Colonization caused the aggregated need for mass amounts of workers for cultivation infrastructure. For this reason, American settlers began the transatlantic slave trade trade. Christianity played an important role in advocating for the morality of the slave trade (Richard). In order to drive the slave industry, pastors across America used the traditions and stories found in the Bible to endorse and even encourage the practice of slavery. At this time, America was seeing ever dividing sects of protestantism. There were countless institutions…show more content…
One of the most heartbreaking quotes from Adeline Cunningham represents the severely oppressive relationship between the slave owner and the slave. She states “…we never goes to church. Times we sneaks in de woods and prays de Lawd to make us free and times one of de slaves got happy and made a noise dat dey heered at de big house and den de overseer come and whip us ’cause we prayed de Lawd to set us free” (Federal Writers Project). Adeline’s experience was not a unique story. There are countless narratives of slave owners who were afraid of their slaves becoming intellectually liberated. Slave owners feared the day that their slaves acted upon their intelligence and will for freedom. A quote from Leah Garret characterizes a contrasting relationship between slaves and Christianity. She states that, “De slaves went to church wid dey marsters. De preachers always preached to de white folks first, den dey would preach to de slaves. Dey never said nothin’ but you must be good, don’t steal, don’t talk back at your marsters, don’t run away, don’t do dis, and don’t do dat. Dey let de colored preachers preach but dey give ’em almanacs to preach out of. Dey didn’t ’low us to sing such songs as “We Shall Be Free” and “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing.” Hey always had somebody to follow de slaves to church when de colored preacher was preachin’ to hear what wuz said and done. Dey wuz ’fraid us would try to say something ’gainst ’em” (Federal Writers Project). This

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