Quakers and Abolition

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Brycchan Carey, Geoffrey Gilbert Plank
University of Illinois Press, 2014 - Religion - 264 pages
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This collection of fifteen insightful essays examines the complexity and diversity of Quaker antislavery attitudes across three centuries, from 1658 to 1890. Contributors from a range of disciplines, nations, and faith backgrounds show Quaker's beliefs to be far from monolithic. They often disagreed with one another and the larger antislavery movement about the morality of slaveholding and the best approach to abolition.

Not surprisingly, contributors explain, this complicated and evolving antislavery sensibility left behind an equally complicated legacy. While Quaker antislavery was a powerful contemporary influence in both the United States and Europe, present-day scholars pay little substantive attention to the subject. This volume faithfully seeks to correct that oversight, offering accessible yet provocative new insights on a key chapter of religious, political, and cultural history.

Contributors include Dee E. Andrews, Kristen Block, Brycchan Carey, Christopher Densmore, Andrew Diemer, J. William Frost, Thomas D. Hamm, Nancy A. Hewitt, Maurice Jackson, Anna Vaughan Kett, Emma Jones Lapsansky-Werner, Gary B. Nash, Geoffrey Plank, Ellen M. Ross, Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, James Emmett Ryan, and James Walvin.

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About the author (2014)

Brycchan Carey is a reader in English literature at Kingston University, London, and the author ofPeace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery, 1658-1761.

Geoffrey Plank is a professor of history at the University of East Anglia and the author ofJohn Woolman's Path to the Peaceable Kingdom: A Quaker in the British Empire.


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