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The things to examine are how they use religion in their literature and how they talked about it viewed it and how they dealt with it In our readings most of the African American literaturary writers are northern blacks In the North educated blacks often assimilated very successfully into white culture indeed that was precisely the goal for many Exemplified by the poetry of Phillis Wheatley for example Each author had been very careful to present their view as traditionally Protestant Slave poet George Moses Horton was one of the most prominent southern black voices in Antebellum Poetry Olaudan Equianos philosophical and religious views influence his antislavery arguments He tells the story of his life and it isvery motivational when inspired by religion helping him to overcome his adversity Behold God is my salvation I will trust and not be afraid for the Lord Jehovah is my Strength and my Song He also is become my Salvation And in that day ye say Praise the Lord call upon his name declare his doings among the people Isaiah xii 2 4 Sojourner Truth in her humble way believed in the Heavenly Father as the only being who could protect her in her perilous condition she would strengthen and brighten the chain of family affection which she trusted extended itself sufficiently to connect the widely scattered members of her perilous flock She wanted her audience to be a follower of Jesus She used the Bible as an outline for her cause Phillis Wheatley had powerful ideas contained in her deeply moving verse She stood against the institution of slavery It is clear that the Christian compassion of the Wheatley family was the nurturing womb in which Phillis rare gifts were cultivated She came to know the Bible well and three English poets - Milton Pope and Gray - touched her deeply and exerted a strong influence on her verse A theme which runs throughout her poetry
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