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Simplicity, Equality, and Slavery: An Archaeology of Quakerism in the British Virgin Islands, 1740-1780

John M. Chenoweth


How do both a religious community and a religion change when their members must face contradictions between their ideals and the society in which they live? This question is answered here by using archaeological and archival information to trace the life of a group of Quakers (members of the Religious Society of Friends) residing in the British Virgin Islands between 1741 and 1763. A group of mostly poor, white planters formed this unique community inspired by the ideals of equality, simplicity, and peace. However, these ideals were enacted in a slave society, with all or nearly all the member ... More

Keywords: Historical Archaeology, Religion, Quakerism, Religious Society of Friends, Plantation, Slavery, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781683400110
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683400110.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Chenoweth, author
University of Michigan-Dearborn