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A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass$
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Neil Roberts

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813175621

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813175621.001.0001

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The Affect of God’s Law

The Affect of God’s Law

(p.303) 10 The Affect of God’s Law
A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass

Vincent Lloyd

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter looks at Frederick Douglass through his connection with God’s law, showing how this law created a complicated relationship between Douglass and the US Constitution. It shows how Douglass used God’s work to fight against slavery and looks at passages from the Declaration of Independence to show the connection between freedom as a right and God’s law. It examines Douglass’s views on natural law in conjunction with his views and use of God’s law to create a complex portrait of both. Concluding with Douglass’s fight with Edward Covey, this chapter shows how Douglass grappled with the fear of death before he managed to cease alienating his “soul” from himself. From this moment, Douglass began to imagine God and how God’s law names the possibility for the world to be more just.

Keywords:   Frederick Douglass, slavery, God’s law, natural law, religion, Christianity, political theology, affect

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