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The Quaker Conundrum: Controversies in the American Revolution and Early Republic
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
During the Revolutionary War era, many Quakers focused on the abolition of slavery, pressuring Friends who continued to enslave those of African descent.
In this online program, Kimberly McCarty, Washington Crossing Historic Park curator, will draw on correspondence between two men named Ennion Williams, both Pennsylvania Quakers, who found themselves in direct conflict with some of the most divisive issues of their faith: pacifism, slavery and the Hicksite separation. She will explore who these men were and how they confronted these controversies in their lives during America’s fight for independence and the early Republic. The elder Williams remained neutral and pacifist during the Revolution while the younger took up arms.
This event is sponsored by Haddonfield Friends Meeting, which is celebrating the 300th anniversary of its founding. It is scheduled as part of the Meeting’s participation in Haddonfield’s “Skirmish” on Saturday June 4th.
Register for this program at http://www.southjerseyquakers.org/quaker-conundrum/ to receive the link to the live session a day before the event.