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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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Conflicting Paths of Virtue in Nineteenth-Century America

(p.272) Epilogue
Quakers Living in the Lion's Mouth

A. Glenn Crothers

University Press of Florida

The epilogue briefly traces Friends' post-Civil War efforts to aid freedpeople and Native Americans in Nebraska. More important, it raises broad philosophical questions about the issue of means and ends among those committed to social change. Throughout the antebellum period, northern Virginia Friends remained determined to end slavery and aid local African Americans, but their commitment to non-violence and desire for self-preservation compelled them to adopt tactics inoffensive to southern slaveholders and that northern abolitionists often dismissed as ineffectual. The book concludes by encouraging those who seek progressive social change to examine and question how best to balance competing values in the quest for social justice, just as Friends did in antebellum Virginia.

Keywords:   Quakers, Society of Friends, Antislavery, Means and ends, Native Americans, Social justice

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