By William C. Kashatus
An vital contribution to Lincoln scholarship, this thought-provoking paintings argues that Abraham Lincoln and the non secular Society of acquaintances confronted an analogous hassle: tips to in achieving emancipation with no extending the bloodshed and problem of conflict. geared up chronologically so readers can see alterations in Lincoln's pondering over the years, the publication explores the congruence of the sixteenth president's courting with Quaker trust and his political and non secular inspiration on 3 particular matters: emancipation, conscientious objection, and the relaxation and schooling of freedmen.
Distinguishing among the truth of Lincoln's courting with the Quakers and the mythology that has emerged over the years, the e-book differs considerably from earlier works in at the least methods. It exhibits how Lincoln skillfully navigated a courting with essentially the most vocal and politically energetic spiritual teams of the nineteenth century, and it files the sensible ways that a shared trust within the "Doctrine...
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Call me Lincoln,” he requested, “not Mr. ”16 Just as appealing to him was the nondoctrinal character of the Quaker faith. Lincoln did not embrace formal religion. Although he often attended religious services, he rejected his parents’ Baptist faith and never claimed membership in a religious denomination. ” According to this argument, Lincoln tended to rely on reason and personal intellect rather than religious doctrine in his decision-making process until faced with a crisis, when he yielded to the same “backdrop of necessity, providence and predestination” of a Calvinist worldview.
13 Quakers, among the most active abolitionists, could be found on every conceivable level of the antislavery spectrum. II The Religious Society of Friends was a pioneer in the antislavery movement. Inspired by a theological belief of the presence of a divine spark, Quakers reasoned that if God made His presence available to each person, then, in His eyes, all human beings were of equal value regardless of race, sex, or creed. This so-called “Inner Light” doctrine and a concomitant testimony on human equality placed Friends well ahead of other American churches in acknowledging the evils of slavery.
That political ideology motivated Quakers to migrate from the South to the free states of Ohio and Indiana during the first part of the nineteenth century. Federal land grants made migration an attractive option for Quaker families who hoped to secure enough farmland to pass on to their sons. 00 an acre. 42 As a result, Southern Quakerism suffered a dramatic decline between 1800 and 1850. During that span, North Carolina laid down 83 of the 136 meetings that had been established in the state. North Carolina Yearly Meeting issued certificates of removal for 16 families who relocated to Pennsylvania, 294 to Ohio, and 784 to Indiana.