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Quakers Living in the Lion's MouthThe Society of Friends in Northern Virginia, 1730-1865$
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A. Glenn Crothers

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813039732

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813039732.001.0001

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Strengthening the Bonds of Fellowship

Strengthening the Bonds of Fellowship

The Domestic and Public Lives of Quaker Women

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(p.170) 6 Strengthening the Bonds of Fellowship
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Quakers Living in the Lion's Mouth
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A. Glenn Crothers

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813039732.003.0007

Chapter 6 considers the impact of western movement on northern Virginia's Quaker women. Migration disrupted economic bonds forged by Quaker merchants and farmers and produced a growing gender imbalance as single male Friends moved west. In response, more women-buoyed by Friends' belief in gender spiritual equality-took on positions of responsibility within the local, quarterly, and yearly meetings, and more women attended and became teachers of Quaker schools. By the 1860s Quaker women demanded full gender equality within the meetings. At the same time, women's social networks and association building helped sustain the bonds of northern Virginia's Quaker community. Still, Quaker women could not escape entirely the pervasive gender and racial values of the region, which limited their social activism and shaped relations with their black domestic servants.

Keywords:   Quakers, Society of Friends, Antebellum Virginia, Western migration, Religious women, Gender equality, Domesticity, Female education

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