What behaviors and actions did slaveholders use Christianity to justify and how does Douglass effectively point out their hypocrisy. Give evidence from the text
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Southerners often defended slavery by claiming they were bringing Christianity to slaves but Douglass, a devout Christian, saw the clear hypocrisy of this statement.
Sunday was my only leisure time. I spent this in a sort of beast-like stupor, between sleep and wake, under some large tree. At times I would rise up, a flash of energetic freedom would dart through my soul, accompanied with a faint beam of hope, that flickered for a moment, and then vanished. I sank down again, mourning over my wretched condition. I was sometimes prompted to take my life, and that of Covey, but was prevented by a combination of hope and fear. My sufferings on this plantation seem now like a dream rather than a stern reality. Ch 10