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Frederick DouglassAmerica's Prophet$
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D. H. Dilbeck

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636184

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636184.001.0001

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From the Valley of Shadows to Freedom

From the Valley of Shadows to Freedom

(p.32) 3 From the Valley of Shadows to Freedom
Frederick Douglass

D. H. Dilbeck

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes Douglass’s final years in Maryland prior to his escape—the most trying years of his life as a slave. It details the violent, hypocritical, proslavery Christianity that Douglass encountered in white Marylanders, and how that faith hardened certain religious convictions central to Douglass’s understanding of Christianity. The chapter also recounts Douglass’s escape to freedom.

Keywords:   Proslavery religion, Slave religion, Edward Covey, Fugitive Slave

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