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Ryan P. Jordan 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Quakers, Slavery, and the “Peaceable Kingdom”
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 1. Quaker Gradualists and the Challenge of Abolitionism
  2. pp. 24-40
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  1. 2. Slavery, Religious Liberty, and the “Political” Abolitionism ofthe Indiana Anti-Slavery Friends
  2. pp. 41-66
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  1. 3. Friends and the “Children of Africa”: Quaker Abolitionists Confront the Negro Pew
  2. pp. 67-80
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  1. 4. “Progressive” Friends and the Government of God
  2. pp. 81-103
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  1. 5. Quaker Pacifism and Civil Disobedience in the Antebellum Period
  2. pp. 104-121
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  1. Conclusion: “Fighting Quakers,” Abolitionists, and the Civil War
  2. pp. 122-134
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 135-153
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 155-179
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 162-175
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