“Contrary to popular wisdom, American Quakers did not first appear in Pennsylvania, the Quaker State, in 1682. Rather, they appeared in 1655 in Virginia. In the 330-odd years thereafter, the Friendly Virginians, as I have come to call them, have stood for peace and against violence, for religious freedom, civil rights, and women’s rights. They have striven to end war, change the penal system, and aid Native Americans. Their world view has affected their lives and characters and also, as you read, the ways of the larger society.” —J. Worrall Jr.