A. Glenn Crothers

in Quakers Living in the Lion's Mouth

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039732
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043142 | DOI:

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The epilogue briefly traces Friends' post-Civil War efforts to aid freedpeople and Native Americans in Nebraska. More important, it raises broad philosophical questions about the issue of means and ends among those committed to social change. Throughout the antebellum period, northern Virginia Friends remained determined to end slavery and aid local African Americans, but their commitment to non-violence and desire for self-preservation compelled them to adopt tactics inoffensive to southern slaveholders and that northern abolitionists often dismissed as ineffectual. The book concludes by encouraging those who seek progressive social change to examine and question how best to balance competing values in the quest for social justice, just as Friends did in antebellum Virginia.

Keywords: Quakers; Society of Friends; Antislavery; Means and ends; Native Americans; Social justice

Chapter.  2593 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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