Quaker Studies

Not a Myth: Quakers and Racial Justice*

Quaker Studies (2015), 19, (2), 243–259.

Abstract

This article deals with issues of Quaker racial inclusivity and action regarding abolitionism and civil rights issues. The article utilizes a case study of the Institute for Colored Youth to complicate the narrative of paternalism and segregation within Quaker meetings. I argue that while there are issues of paternalism throughout the history of the Religious Society of Friends, members made an invaluable contribution to the advancement of education and other rights for African Americans in nineteenth-century Philadelphia and that African American students and teachers were able to shape the institution created by Quakers for their own use and opportunity.

Not a Myth: Quakers and Racial Justice*

Abstract

This article deals with issues of Quaker racial inclusivity and action regarding abolitionism and civil rights issues. The article utilizes a case study of the Institute for Colored Youth to complicate the narrative of paternalism and segregation within Quaker meetings. I argue that while there are issues of paternalism throughout the history of the Religious Society of Friends, members made an invaluable contribution to the advancement of education and other rights for African Americans in nineteenth-century Philadelphia and that African American students and teachers were able to shape the institution created by Quakers for their own use and opportunity.


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Genovese, Holly