From Peace to Freedom (Hardcover)
Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery, 1657-1761
Yale University Press, 9780300180770, 272pp.
Publication Date: November 27, 2012
In the first book to investigate in detail the origins of antislavery thought and rhetoric within the Society of Friends, Brycchan Carey 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, Carey reveals the society’s gradual transition from expressing doubt about slavery to adamant opposition. He shows that while progression toward this stance was ongoing, it was slow and uneven and that it was vigorous internal debate and discussion that ultimately led to a call for abolition. His book will be a major contribution to the history of the rhetoric of antislavery and the development of antislavery thought as explicated in early Quaker writing.
About the Author
Brycchan Carey is currently reader in English literature, Kingston University, London. He is the author of British Abolitionism and the Rhetoric of Sensibility: Writing, Sentiment, and Slavery, 1760–1807.
Praise For From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery, 1657-1761…
— Gary B. Nash
“This is a story that has not been told before…a significant accomplishment and contribution to our understanding of Quaker and abolitionist history.”—Laura M. Stevens, University of Tulsa
— Laura M. Stevens
— Vincent Carretta
— B. P. Dandelion
— William and Mary Quarterly
“This readable and important book is a welcome addition to the history of antislavery work.”—The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
— The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
— Quaker Theology
— The Historian