By, Gladys Bolhouse
This Spring 1972 edition of Newport History, published by the Newport Historical Society focuses on Redwood Library founder, and Quaker Abraham Redwood. Its brief biography is a delightful and informative read,
By, Lorraine and Alan Pryce Jones Eds. Dexter
This book tells the history of Abraham Redwood, Quaker, and and the Redwood Library in Newport, Rhode Island. It includes two centuries of the library, and tells of the books, the paintings, the catalog of paintings, the library furniture, the library grounds, and architecture of the library, and much more. Illustrated with photographs
By, John Woolman
This unabridged edition of the journal contains all eleven chapters, taking us through the memorable life of the spiritual and intrepid John Woolman, a Quaker who took it upon himself to spread the word of God throughout frontiers of British territory which had barely been mapped. Published almost 250 years ago, this book is today considered one of the earliest classics of American spiritualism.
An early anti-slavery campaigner, John Woolman spent years convincing fellow Quakers not to keep slaves, having much success in these efforts. In later life, he would spread these efforts to Quaker meeting houses throughout England, to the point where by the end of his life, slavery had become widely opposed within the Society of Friends. He was also a strong proponent against cruelty to animals, and against economic exploitation and oppression, together with military conscription.
Whether you are in search of spiritual guidance, or wish to learn more of the time and place in which John Woolman practiced, this journal is a fine and worthy read.
By, Arthur J. Worrall
Traces the Quaker experience in New England and New York from the arrival of the first English Quaker missionaries in 1656 to 1790.
“Richly deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of colonial Americans in general or in the accomplishments of Quakers.”—Pennsylvania History
By, Terry Golway
Nathanael Greene is a revolutionary hero who has been lost to history. Although places named in his honor dot city and country, few people know his quintessentially American story as a self-made, self-educated military genius who renounced his Quaker upbringing-horrifying his large family-to take up arms against the British. Untrained in military matters when he joined the Rhode Island militia in 1774, he quickly rose to become Washington's right-hand man and heir apparent. After many daring exploits during the war's first four years (and brilliant service as the army's quartermaster), he was chosen in 1780 by Washington to replace the routed Horatio Gates in South Carolina. Greene's southern campaign, which combined the forces of regular troops with bands of irregulars, broke all the rules of eighteenth-century warfare and foreshadowed the guerrilla wars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His opponent in the south, Lord Cornwallis, wrote, "Greene is as dangerous as Washington. I never feel secure when I am encamped in his neighborhood. He is vigilant, enterprising, and full of resources." Greene's ingenious tactics sapped the British of their strength and resolve even as they "won" nearly every battle. Terry Golway argues that Greene's appointment as commander of the American Southern Army was the war's decisive moment, and this bold new book returns Greene to his proper place in the Revolutionary era's pantheon.
By, the Society of Friends, Providence Monthly Meeting
The pamphlet was prepared by a Bicentennial Committee selected by Providence Monthly Meeting of Friends. It aims to give a picture of what the Religious Society of Friends did during the years 1775-1790 and how they thought about their place in the political transformation during the formative years of the United States of America.
By, Ruth Plimpton
This is the story of Mary Dyer whose indomitable efforts to seek and find freedom to worship lead eventually to her death. Her quest began when she and her husband sailed from old to new England in 1635. Landing in Boston, they were soon disillusioned by the intolerant practices and beliefs of the Puritans, who considered that all truth could be found in the Old Testament and only there. Variations, from Puritan interpretations of the Ten Commandments, were punished by cruel torture and/or death. Banished from Boston for protesting such rigidity in belief and in practice, Mary was among the group who founded Rhode Island, where freedom in belief and in practice of worship was established. Mary Dyer did not cease from exploring every available form of worship until she discovered the one which spoke the truth to her. On a trip back to England, Mary met George Fox, who gave her the confidence that women had special intellectual and spiritual gifts. Fox encouraged her to become a Quaker and a missionary. She was alarmed by Boston Puritan laws designed to repress and eliminate Quakers. Undaunted, Mary challenged the Puritan intolerance. "My life not availaeth me in comparison with the liberty of the truth."
By, Elaine Forman Crane
The journal of Philadelphia Quaker Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker (1735-1807) is perhaps the single most significant personal record of eighteenth-century life in America from a woman's perspective. Drinker wrote in her diary nearly continuously between 1758 and 1807, from two years before her marriage to the night before her last illness. The extraordinary span and sustained quality of the journal make it a rewarding document for a multitude of historical purposes. One of the most prolific early American diarists—her journal runs to thirty-six manuscript volumes—Elizabeth Drinker saw English colonies evolve into the American nation while Drinker herself changed from a young unmarried woman into a wife, mother, and grandmother. Her journal entries touch on every contemporary subject political, personal, and familial.
Focusing on different stages of Drinker's personal development within the domestic context, this abridged edition highlights four critical phases of her life cycle: youth and courtship, wife and mother, middle age in years of crisis, and grandmother and family elder. There is little that escaped Elizabeth Drinker's quill, and her diary is a delight not only for the information it contains but also for the way in which she conveys her world across the centuries.
By, Robert Leach, Peter Gow
Based on original research in records long thought lost, Quaker Nantucket explores the spectacular growth of Quakerism on the Island and its equally astonishing decline amidst the collapse of the whaling industry a century later.
By, Donna McDaniel, Vanessa D. Julye
This book documents the spiritual and practical impacts of discrimination in the Religious Society of Friends in the belief that understanding the truth of our past is vital to achieving a diverse, inclusive community in the future. There is a common misconception that most Quakers assisted fugitive slaves and involved themselves in civil rights activism because of their belief in equality. While there were Friends committed to ending enslavement and post-enslavement injustices, Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship reveals that racism has been as insidious, complex, and pervasive among Friends as it has been generally among people of European descent.
By, Robert H. Wilson
A written and visual history of the Philadelphia Quakers.