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Frederick Douglass, Heroic Slave and Madison Washington: The Embodied Divine

Lecture by Denise Burgher, Chair of the Community and Church Outreach Committee for the Colored Conventions Project

New Garden UAME Church
309 East Linden Street, Kennett Square, PA

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Though popularly embraced as a secular humanist, Frederick Douglass thought, wrote, and lived as a committed Christian. Moreover, his only fictional work, The Heroic Slave, should be considered a prototypical Black Liberation Theology text. Through a careful foregrounding of Douglass’s religious life, an analysis of the form, functions, and narrative conventions of Evangelical conversion narratives in antebellum America, and a grounding in Douglass’s use of the same along with a close reading of Heroic Slave, I will demonstrate the ways that Douglass, writing as a committed Christian, embraced and transcended the white Evangelical conversion narrative form, used aspects of spiritual biographies and sentiment, and wrote a Black Abolitionist conversion narrative. Indeed, understanding how a serious consideration of Douglass's Christian faith has a marked impact on and in his work allows for a richer, more nuanced, radically religious and political reading of his text Heroic Slave.

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ABOUT THE SERIES

Enslaved, Freedom-Seeking, and Free: 19th-Century African American Life in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Kennett Underground Railroad Center (KURC) and Hadley announce a joint effort to bring eminent scholars and authors from New England, Pennsylvania, and Delaware to the Kennett area for a series of eight lectures. All lectures are free. They will occur once each month from November 2018 through June 2019. Seating is limited and reservations are requested.

For the full series and for more information, please visit our website at kennettundergroundrr.org

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