Christianity and individualism: (re-)creation and reality in Frederick Douglass's representation of self

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Date: Winter 1992
From: African American Review(Vol. 26, Issue 4)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 7,789 words

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Frederick Douglass combined individualism with his Christian beliefs to reconcile the conflict between slavery and God's existence. Douglass decided that God's existence was revealed through individual action and therefore that humans were responsible for their fate. This belief system allowed him to survive in slavery while maintaining his belief because the problem was identified as whites not being right-thinking people rather than that God had abandoned him or never existed. This theology allowed him to accept slavery rather than fighting it but Douglass was limited by his situation.

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