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Brycchan Carey and Geoffrey Plank

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038266

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038266.001.0001

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George F. White and Hicksite Opposition to the Abolitionist Movement

George F. White and Hicksite Opposition to the Abolitionist Movement

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Quakers and Abolition

Thomas D. Hamm

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on the antebellum era, a critical period of transformation and dissension. Concentrating on the prominent minister George F. White, it reveals how White's opposition to abolitionists such as Lucretia Mott was rooted in his experience as a supporter of Elias Hicks, whose controversial teachings helped fracture American Quakerism in the 1820s. In the 1840s, White was the most controversial, polarizing figure in Hicksite Quakerism. He felt it his duty to use his unquestioned talents to warn Friends, in the most forceful terms, against participating in antislavery, temperance, nonresistance, and other reform movements that many saw as advancing Quaker testimonies. The controversy over his crusade against reform movements would ultimately help fracture every Hicksite yearly meeting except Baltimore and change the course of Hicksite Quakerism.

Keywords:   George F. White, abolitionists, Lucretia Mott, Elias Hicks, Quaker, antislavery, Hicksite Quakerism, Society of Friends

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