Through the Blood‐Stained Gate

Dan McKanan

in Identifying the Image of God

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145328
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834471 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

 Through the Blood‐Stained Gate

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Traces the development of nonviolent theology in the fugitive slave narratives published by the abolitionist movement. The new genre of the “fugitive slave narrative” grew out of the creative encounter between escaped slaves and white abolitionists between 1836 and 1860. These texts – most famously the autobiographies of Frederick Douglass – made the practice of sentimental identification increasingly complex, as readers were asked to identify with the full humanity of former slaves. They also expressed a radical theology by asserting that slaves possessed the imago dei even before they were enslaved by human violence.

Keywords: abolitionism; Frederick Douglass; fugitive slave narratives; nonviolent; sentimental; slavery; theology

Chapter.  18118 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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