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Interpretation of Christian moral doctrine was sharply divided in the antebellum South. White southern slaveholders were not of the opinion that a discrepancy existed between kidnaping and enslavement of Africans and their own Christian beliefs. Christianized slaves and free blacks realized that the religious principles practiced and believed by them were separate from those held by the white Christian community. The purpose of this paper is to provide some clues as to how these two Christian doctrines evolved and co-existed in the pre Civil War South.
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