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Quakers and Abolition

Brycchan Carey and Geoffrey Plank


This book examines the complexity and diversity of Quaker antislavery attitudes across three centuries, from 1658 to 1890. The chapters 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, the book explains, 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 sub ... More

Keywords: Quaker attitudes, Quaker antislavery, religious history, political history, cultural history, slaveholding, abolition

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038266
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brycchan Carey, editor
Kingston University, London

Geoffrey Plank, editor
University of East Anglia

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