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Josephine F. Pacheco

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829189

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888926_pacheco

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The Chaplain and the Slaver

The Chaplain and the Slaver

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(p.92) Chapter Four The Chaplain and the Slaver
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Josephine F. Pacheco

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807888926_pacheco.9

This chapter considers the friendship of Hope H. Slatter, a notorious Baltimore slave trader, and Henry Slicer, chaplain of the Senate, both of whom were connected with the Methodist Church. Their relationship demonstrates that by the 1840s, holding men and women in bondage had become a moral issue, not merely an economic one. For many Christians, converting slaves without giving them freedom ceased to be an acceptable response to the belief in the brotherhood of man. For Methodists, the writings and admonitions of their founder John Wesley reinforced their opposition to slavery, even though it was difficult, if not impossible, to form an alliance with radical abolitionists.

Keywords:   Hope H. Slatter, Henry Slicer, slave trader, chaplain, Methodist Church, slavery, Christians, Methodists

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