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Freedom through Christianity What do people look for in religion Do they look for guidance beliefs reason or do they look for help African-Americans have looked for all of these for many years They found all of these in Christianity Christians believe in one God who they worship trust and look up to Since Christianity was first intorduced in the early Colonial Period African-Americans have used their Christian beliefs to fight horrible things that have gone on in America such as slavery and segregation As African-Americans were captured through the slave trade and brought to the colonies they possessed many different religious beliefs Many people are extremely ignorant in history and believe that all African-Americans were once united together as a whole in Africa This was not nearly the case Africa was made up of many different states with many different people and with many different beliefs These people were dark skinned but arent all white people light skinned The white man has never agreed on one main language As the African-Americans were brought to the colonies from Africa they used Christianity to help bring them together Some people use song and dance to express their Christian beliefs This was all started by the slaves African-American slaves used songs dances and often stories to show their feelings about God These stories were called trickster stories As African-American slaves became more involved in the Christian faith it gave them something to live and fight for Instead of doing labor for their white owners they did their work for themselves and most importantly they did it for God Slaves were treated as animals They were forced to work in the fields in the house or on the farms for free They were beaten deprived of food and clothing and even raped If slaves tried to run away they were captured and beaten Being beaten meant being stripped of their clothes and whipped severely with
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