Uncle Tom as a Christ Figure
During Black History Month, you’ll probably hear discussion of the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. he character Uncle Tom is a very rare example of a black Christ figure – a role typically reserved for characters such as Steinbeck’s Jim Casy, O’Connors Hazel Motes and of course Aslan the lion. We’ll discuss the role of Christ figures in literature and in the novel with John Han.
Dr John Han
Dr. John Han is Chair of the Humanities Division at Missouri Baptist University, where he is also a Professor of English and Creative Writing and the Editor of Cantos. He specializes in 20th-Century American literature and world literature. He is the author of the essay “Uncle Tom as a Christ Figure,” which appeared in the Ignatius Press edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
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The Radical Christian Faith of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was a former slave who became one of the greatest abolitionists of his time. He was a man of strong Christian faith who never hesitated to condemn American churches for their support of – or lack of action against – slaveholding. He often felt like an Israelite in exile amongst the Babylonians, and in one Fourth of July speech spoke to the crowd of “your independence, your freedom, your Founding Fathers” and so forth. We’ll look at his faith and influence with DH Dilbeck.
D.H. Dilbeck is a historian living in New Haven, Connecticut. He’s the author of two books, Frederick Douglass: America’s Prophet and A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War.
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