Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers, and the Civil War “A Trial of Principle and Faith”

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This unique addition to Civil War literature examines the extensive influence Quaker belief and practice had on Lincoln’s decisions relative to slavery, including his choice to emancipate the slaves.
An important contribution to Lincoln scholarship, this thought-provoking work argues that Abraham Lincoln and the Religious Society of Friends faced a similar dilemma: how to achieve emancipation without extending the bloodshed and hardship of war. Organized chronologically so readers can see changes in Lincoln’s thinking over time, the book explores the congruence of the 16th president’s relationship with Quaker belief and his political and religious thought on three specific issues: emancipation, conscientious objection, and the relief and education of freedmen. Distinguishing between the reality of Lincoln’s relationship with the Quakers and the mythology that has emerged over time, the book differs significantly from previous works in at least two ways. It shows how Lincoln skillfully navigated a relationship with one of the most vocal and politically active religious groups of the 19th century, and it documents the practical ways in which a shared belief in the Doctrine of Necessity affected the president’s decisions. In addition to gaining new insights about Lincoln, readers will also come away from this book with a better understanding of Quaker positions on abolition and pacifism and a new appreciation for the Quaker contributions to the Union cause.
Explains the critical role Quakers exercised in Lincoln’s prosecution of the Civil War Reveals how Quakers employed their historic commitments to abolitionism and pacifism to convince Lincoln of the necessity of emancipation, freedmen’s relief and education, and conscientious objectionHighlights Lincoln’s interactions and correspondence with individual British and American Quakers and Quaker groupsProvides readers with important context necessary to understand one of the nation’s most respected humanitarian groupsIncludes nearly two dozen period photographs that provide a fascinating glimpse into long-ago historyExamines the Quakers’ 150-year crusade against slavery, their efforts to improve the conditions of free blacks, and the religious beliefs that informed those activities

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William C. Kashatus









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