Written April 15, 2020 Gwendolyn Brooks wrote two poems, one being of De Witt Williams on his way to Lincoln Cemetery and the other being The Boy Died in My Alley. The second poem was written a few years after the Second Black Writers' Conference at Fisk University and it can be seen that the [...]
Category: American Literature Survey
The Harlem Renaissance
Frederick Douglass and Slavery
Douglass could not be more direct in offering his opinion of Christian slaveholders, and his testimony to support this opinion is damning: "I assert most unhesitatingly, that the religion of the south is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes,--a justifer of the most appalling barbarity,--a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds,--and a dark shelter under which the darkest, foulest, grossest, and most infernal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest protection" (1043). How does Douglass construct a counter-narrative in this chapter to the details he records of the behavior of these Christian slaveholders? Where is the moral center of the chapter, in other words? Where are we to look in order not to lose hope?