Slavery and Religion

Religion for some people can be liberating, but for others it can be oppressive. The goal of this assignment is to help students understand how enslaved people used religion to resist slavery and how slave owners used it to control their slaves. The assignment consists of two parts, the discussion post and the essay portion. The project will give students the opportunity to examine various primary sources, for example, spirituals and a confession (Nat Turner’s) in order to understand religion and the slave system.Based on the documents, in an essay answer the questions below:1. Explain the role religion played in both controlling slaves and in helping them resist slavery.2. How was the catechism used to control enslaved people? 3. How did slaves use religion to resist slavery? 4. What religious themes did spirituals contain? 5. What purpose did they serve? 6. What impact did religion have on Nat Turner? 7. How does Turner use religion to resist slavery?

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