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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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Debunking Racial Stereotypes

Debunking Racial Stereotypes

(p.377) 58 Debunking Racial Stereotypes
Early Evangelicalism

Richard Allen

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This chapter presents excerpts from Richard Allen's “Address to Those Who Keep Slaves, and Approve the Practice,” first published as an addendum to a pamphlet that he coauthored with Absalom Jones in 1794. The “Address” was intended for slaveholders and sought to dispel racial stereotypes of blacks as intellectually incapable of thriving in western lands. Allen argued that people of African descent who were set free and educated would surely succeed in the new republic. Drawing from the biblical narrative of Moses and the Exodus, Allen reminded his readers that God favored the oppressed and, if necessary, would pour out his wrath on those who enslaved his people.

Keywords:   slaveholders, Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, racial stereotypes, blacks, Moses, Exodus, God, oppressed

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