BETWEEN THE BLACK AND THE WHITE GOD. LANGUAGE AND RELIGIOUS IDENTITY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS UNDER SLAVERY Cover Image
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POMIĘDZY CZARNYM I BIAŁYM BOGIEM. JĘZYK A TOŻSAMOŚĆ RELIGIJNA AFRO-AMERYKANÓW W OKRESIE NIEWOLNICTWA
BETWEEN THE BLACK AND THE WHITE GOD. LANGUAGE AND RELIGIOUS IDENTITY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS UNDER SLAVERY

Author(s): Bożenna Chylińska
Subject(s): Education
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: tożsamość religijna; czarne sumienie; język; czarna kultura; czarne niewolnictwo; amerykańskie Południe; relacje między czarnym niewolnikiem a białym panem

Summary/Abstract: Slavery and its distinctive pattern of race relations exercised a decisive role in shaping American society. No one planned the creation of black slavery in America; it was a synthesis of an interaction between the colonists and their environment. Nevertheless, a social structure resembling a racial caste system emerged as a central feature of Anglo-American society. The American slaveholders claimed slavery to be in accordance with Christian faith and they sought the justification of slavery in the Bible. From the very beginning of their bondage, blacks were experiencing the dehumanizing character of slavery. The system penetrated every sphere of blacks' lives . Forced to abandon their traditional religious practices, they were frequently discouraged from acquiring their masters' religion as preaching was usually done under the proslavery banner. Living in the "cultural void", cast between their traditional African Supreme Deity and the God of their white masters, African Americans were left with the help of neither.

  • Issue Year: 206/2006
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 133-139
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Polish