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Simplicity, Equality, and SlaveryAn Archaeology of Quakerism in the British Virgin Islands, 1740-1780$
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John M. Chenoweth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400110

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400110.001.0001

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Peace and Weaponry on BVI Quaker Sites

Peace and Weaponry on BVI Quaker Sites

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(p.109) Chapter 5 Peace and Weaponry on BVI Quaker Sites
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Simplicity, Equality, and Slavery
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John M. Chenoweth

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683400110.003.0005

Pacifism is a defining feature of Quakerism which has led the group into recognition by—and conflict with—society at large. However, it takes on a very different cast when pacifism is understood by people who hold others enslaved under the constant threat of violence and in turn spend their days threatened by foreign invasion. Archaeological markers of weaponry and documentary accounts of persecution over refusal to support the military are the subject of Chapter Five, which details how Quaker pacifism was understood by BVI contemporaries and altered even further from modern conceptions by British Virgin Islanders. The record suggests a conflicted understanding of this ideal in the BVI, in which some members emphasized their persecution over this idea far beyond any real threat as a way of connecting themselves to the broader Atlantic community of Quakerism and it’s “ancient martyrs.”

Keywords:   Pacifism, Weaponry, Persecution, Quakerism, Slavery, British Virgin Islands

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