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Quakers and Slavery: A Divided Spirit

By Jean R. Soderlund

Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press (July 14, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 9.25 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
Condition: New

Price: $37.00

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This book explores the growth of abolitionism among Quakers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey from 1688 to 1780, providing a case study of how groups change their moral attitudes. Dr. Soderlund details the long battle fought by reformers like gentle John Woolman and eccentric Benjamin Lay. The eighteenth-century Quaker humanitarians succeeded only after they diluted their goals to attract wider support, establishing a gradualistic, paternalistic, and segregationist model for the later antislavery movement.