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Slavery and the Meetinghouse: The Quakers and the Abolitionist Dilemma, 1820-1865

 
 
 
 
Slavery and the Meetinghouse: The Quakers and the Abolitionist Dilemma, 1820-1865
Author: Ryan P. Jordan
ISBN 13: 9780253348609
ISBN 10: 253348609
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: 2007-03-28
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 200
List Price: $35.00
 
 

This study 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.