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251 p. : 1 map ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction : the origins of Exeter monthly meeting
  • A land of diversity and contention : the religious environment of eighteenth-century Berks County, Pennsylvania
  • Maintaining "ye establish'd order amongst us" : religious discipline and Exeter monthly meeting
  • War and the frontier friends : Exeter monthly meeting and the Seven Years' War
  • A crisis of allegiance : Berks County Quakers and the War for Independence
  • The Quaker ethic : the economic activity of Berks County Quakers
  • "A restless desire" : geographic mobility and Exeter friends
  • "To start instructing young friends at the tenderest age" : the concern for the education of youth
  • "Said slave be suitable for liberty" : the abolition of slavery and Exeter monthly meeting
  • Men and women of high morals : Exeter monthly meeting and the outside world
  • Conclusion : the contraction and decline of Exeter monthly meeting.
Pennsylvania's role in the development of American culture and society has received an increasing amount of attention in the past two decades, as the tercentenary celebrations of the founding of the province led to a reexamination of the colony and state's contributions to the ethnic and religious diversity of modern America. With increasing pluralism, however, the religious group that was most prominent in the establishment of the province - the Society of Friends, or Quakers - declined in its impact and importance. This book examines the extent that changes in the world around them affected backcountry Quakers, by focusing on the activities of Exeter Monthly Meeting of Friends, based in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Friends within the realm of Exeter Monthly Meeting had to confront matters the Quaker founders of the province could hardly have anticipated, such as surviving as an ethnic and religious minority and reconciling their pacifist principles with constant threats of Indian attacks. Karen Guenther is Associate Professor of History at Mansfield University.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781575910932 20160528
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