In his work, "The Negro Christianized," the Puritan minister Cotton Mather argues in favor of teaching Africans
and African Americans the precepts of Christianity.
As you read: First, consider a few of the reasons Mather thinks Christian instruction is important. What good will come of it? Then, consider the sensitivity he shows to Africans with regard to their humanity and specifically their color.
Answer this Question: Do you think Mather was aware of the revolutionary power of Christianity to undo slavery and, thus, subverting the status quo? Or do you suspect he was looking for a way to justify slavery within Christianity?
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