Priscilla Peckover and the ‘truest form of patriotism’<sup>1</sup>

Heloise Brown

in ‘The Truest Form of Patriotism’

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780719065309
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700457 | DOI:
Priscilla Peckover and the ‘truest form of patriotism’1

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This chapter reviews the study of the Peace Society and suggests that it was simply impractical to expect pacifists divided by Christianity in the peace principle to work together. Yet the work of one of the most active women in the late nineteenth-century peace movement demonstrates that it was possible for absolute pacifists to work closely with non-absolutists, even when differences of opinion and principle occurred. Priscilla Peckover provides a key example of interorganisational co-operation, especially in respect of the mass movement she generated: the Local Peace Associations. Her methods of working drew upon both Quaker ideals and domestic ideology. In contrast to the Peace Society's approach, which was often both defensive and, to some extent, uncooperative, Peckover was influenced by gendered norms of behaviour that, when combined with her Quaker background and the context of the peace movement, gave rise to more collaborative and conciliatory methods.

Keywords: Peace Society; peace movement; non-absolutists; Local Peace Associations; Quaker background; absolute pacifists; domestic ideology

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