Conflicting Paths of Virtue in Nineteenth-Century America
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.
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