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Old June 20th, 2013, 03:26 AM   #1

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Over the past couple weeks I've read a few books on Quakers, and I've decided to spend the next six months further exploring their history in early America. Although one book I read focused heavily on their theological views (and one on W. Penn), I'm more interested in their basic social history; family life, educating their children, community life, relations with other social groups. I read one book on the topic, a 1975 work by William Frost and have just ordered the one below.

If anyone knows of other good secondary sources on the topic could you let me know about them? Also, if anyone knows of good online primary sources, could you share the websites? Thanks.

Amazon.com: Quakers and the American Family: British Settlement in the Delaware Valley (9780195049763): Barry Levy: Books
Amazon.com: Quakers and the American Family: British Settlement in the Delaware Valley (9780195049763): Barry Levy: Books

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Interesting topic. Don't have much to give you here, but this web-site might be a help:

Quakers and Slavery, 1657-1865: An International Interdisciplinary Conference

It talks a little about Quakers and slavery and lists several references.

I just finished reading an excellent historical fiction book about the Quakers too:

Amazon.com: The Last Runaway (9780525952992): Tracy Chevalier: Books
Amazon.com: The Last Runaway (9780525952992): Tracy Chevalier: Books

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Interesting topic. Don't have much to give you here, but this web-site might be a help:

Quakers and Slavery, 1657-1865: An International Interdisciplinary Conference

It talks a little about Quakers and slavery and lists several references.

I just finished reading an excellent historical fiction book about the Quakers too:

Amazon.com: The Last Runaway (9780525952992): Tracy Chevalier: Books
Thanks, Rongo. I looked at that conference website and one of the keynote speakers, Jerry Frost, was the same guy I mentioned in my first post; Jerry William Frost. Didn't know he was at Swarthmore so recently. After a bit more reading I'm going to try and contact him. From what I read recently, Swarthmore has one of the best archives of Quaker primary documents. I think a road-trip to PA looms in my near future.
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Some random facts you probably already know:
- Quakers were heavily persecuted by the Puritans in early Massachusetts.
- They were a significant part of the Underground Railroad.
- Quakers were heavily involved with whaling early on, at least in Massachusetts.
- William Penn wanted Pennsylvania to be a safe haven for people to practice their religion freely.

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Quaker spy in Philadelphia, interesting story.

Conservative Quakers

The Religious Society of Friends

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...SH20_OU01_.jpg
Nathanael Greene was one of the fighting Quakers. The book discusses that a bit.

Off topic: If you ever become interested in the Moravians, let me know.

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Yeah, I like that story about the woman spy. Thanks, R5.
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Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History)

This excellent book covers Quakers in detail.
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Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History) This excellent book covers Quakers in detail.
I actually own Albion's Seed and didn't think to pull it out in past couple weeks I've started to looking into Quakers. Thanks for waking me up.
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Turning the pages of Quaker history - The Boston Globe

Vintage Books ? A used bookstore in MA, featuring a large stock of used, rare, and out-of-print books

I came across the top article first. This store is supposed to have a huge collection of Quaker materials.

Unfortunately, they're closing in September. But some of the Quaker stuff is going to colleges and elsewhere. Thought I'd give you a heads-up in case you're interested in finding out where things are going, and if you can gain access to any of it.
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