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From Peace to Freedom

Brycchan Carey


This book investigates in detail the origins of antislavery thought and rhetoric within the Society of Friends. The book shows how the Quakers turned against slavery in the first half of the eighteenth century and became the first organization to take a stand against the slave trade. Through meticulous examination of the earliest writings of the Friends, including journals and letters, it reveals the society's gradual transition from expressing doubt about slavery to adamant opposition. The book shows that while progression toward this stance was ongoing, it was slow and uneven and that it was ... More

Keywords: antislavery rhetoric, Society of Friends, Quakers, internal debate, abolition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780300180770
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300180770.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brycchan Carey, author