The Religion of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

According to Douglass, a slaveholder who was not religious was “truly a great advantage” to the enslaved. What do you think he meant by that?

Given the emphasis on religion at this time, why do you think he wrote that? How does Douglass describe the impact of the death of a slaveholder upon the lives of the enslaved? Upon Douglass’s life in particular? If you could transport back in time and meet Frederick Douglass, what would you ask him and why? What might you tell him, and why?