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The New Republic to Antebellum America

Edited by Peter Brock

in Liberty and Conscience

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151220
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870424 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151224.003.0005
The New Republic to Antebellum America

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Eleven documents are presented, with an introductory text, illustrating the treatment of conscientious objectors in America in the period between the War of the Revolution (which started in 1775) and the outbreak of Civil War in 1861. The documents concern: continuing Quaker witness against war (four accounts from 1801–24); a Quaker petition against militia conscription (1810); extracts from the diary of a small‐sect militia objector (1794–1875); pleas for exemption of nonsectarian militia objectors (1818 and 1838); William Lloyd Garrison as a militia objector (1829); the paying of militia fines by pacifist exempts (1836); nonsectarian militia objectors in jail (1838, 1839 and 1840); and dilemmas of Quaker conscientious objectors in antebellum America (1835, 1839).

Keywords: America; conscientious objectors; conscription; William Lloyd Garrison; history; nonsectarianism; pacifism; peace sects; Quakers; USA

Chapter.  16454 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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