This volume explores the significant connections between the Quaker community and the abolitionist cause in America. The case studies that make up the collection mainly focus on the greater Philadelphia area, a hotbed of the abolitionist movement and the location of the first American abolition society founded in 1775. Despite the importance of Quakers to the abolitionist movement, their significance has been largely overlooked in the existing historiography. These studies will be of interest to scholars of slavery and abolition, religious history, Atlantic studies and American social and political history.
"Here we have an excellent attempt to understand the relationship between Quakers and slavery and to offer insight into the role of traders, abolitionists, African Americans and problematic others who worked towards ending slavery and the slave trade. It has proved a successful venture as it makes a significant contribution to the historiography of studies in the abolition of slavery and Quaker history in the USA and its influence beyond."
- Graham Duncan, Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae
"The collection deepens our understanding of a crucial formative period in the abolitionist movement. Directed at a general audience of historians and scholars of religion it will help the student of abolitionism to see even more clearly and in intriguingly finer details the Quaker contribution to the movement’s formation."
- PETER STAMATOV, NYU ABU DHABI / JUAN MARCH-CARLOS III, INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES
Introduction Maurice Jackson and Susan Kozel 1. Warner Mifflin (1745-98): The Remarkable Life of an Unflinching Abolitionist Gary B. Nash 2. Sarah Woolman and the Anti-Slavery Family Geoffrey Plank 3. Friends, Family and Freedom in Colonial Philadelphia: A Black Slave-Owner Settles Her Accounts Julie Winch 4. "What Shall Be Done with the Negroes?": Anthony Benezet's Legacy: Then and Now Maurice Jackson 5. Samuel Meredith (1741â€“1817): American Patriot and Welsh Philanthropist Richard C. Allen 6. "Come Out of Babylon, My People": John Woolman's (1720-72) Anti-Slavery Theology and the Transatlantic Economy Jon R. Kershner 7. Rejecting the Gain of Oppression: Quaker Abstention and the Abolitionist Cause Julie L. Holcomb 8. The Trouble with Quakers: Creating Racial Tensions in East and West Jersey, 1770-85 James J. Gigantino II 9. In Pursuit of Natural Rights and Liberty: The Brothers Waln in Greater Philadelphia and the Atlantic World Susan Kozel 10. The Abolitionist Circles of Benjamin Franklin: A Reluctant Abolitionist in Context, 1750-90 Louisiane Ferlier