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Slavery and the Meetinghouse : The Quakers and the Abolitionist Dilemma, 1820-1865 - Ryan P. Jordan

Slavery and the Meetinghouse

The Quakers and the Abolitionist Dilemma, 1820-1865

Hardcover Published: 28th March 2007
ISBN: 9780253348609
Number Of Pages: 200

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Ryan P. Jordan explores the limits of religious dissent in antebellum America, and reminds us of the difficulties facing reformers who tried peacefully to end slavery. In the years before the Civil War, the Society of Friends opposed the abolitionist campaign for an immediate end to slavery and considered abolitionists within the church as heterodox radicals seeking to destroy civil and religious liberty. In response, many Quaker abolitionists began to build "comeouter" institutions where social and legal inequalities could be freely discussed, and where church members could fuse religious worship with social activism. The conflict between the Quakers and the Abolitionists highlights the dilemma of liberal religion within a slaveholding republic.

. . . insightful . . . . essential reading for students of the antislavery movement, the Society of Friends, and American religion.Vol. 29.1 Fall 2009 -- Cassandra Pybus * University of Sydney *

Introduction: Quakers, Slavery, and the "Peaceable Kingdom"
Quaker Gradualists and the Challenge of Abolitionism
Slavery, Religious Liberty, and the "Political" Abolitionism of the Indiana Anti-Slavery Friends
Friends and the "Children of Africa": Quaker Abolitionists Confront the Negro Pew
"Progressive" Friends and the Government of God
Quaker Pacifism and Civil Disobedience in the Antebellum Period
Conclusion: "Fighting Quakers," Abolitionists, and the Civil War
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ISBN: 9780253348609
ISBN-10: 0253348609
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 28th March 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5