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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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The “Worldly Cares and Business” of Friends

The “Worldly Cares and Business” of Friends

(p.72) 3 The “Worldly Cares and Business” of Friends
Quakers Living in the Lion's Mouth

A. Glenn Crothers

University Press of Florida

Chapter 3 explores the way in which Quaker business ethics and success, and Friends' economic contributions to the regional economy, their civic concerns, and social respectability enabled them during years of peace to escape the pariah status they had held during the American Revolution and become respected members of the mercantile and agricultural communities of northern Virginia. As they prospered and created economic networks that helped sustain the community, however, many Friends became embedded in the economic and social life of the region, in the process becoming dangerously entangled in speculative ventures and slave-based industries that diverged from their religious and ethical convictions. In short, economic success and growing public acceptance intensified rather than resolved the tensions that arose from living in a society that violated their testimonies on a daily basis.

Keywords:   Quakers, Society of Friends, Early National Virginia, Economic development, Agricultural improvement, Bankruptcy

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