Holy Nation: The Transatlantic Quaker Ministry In An Age Of Revolution by Sarah CrabtreeHoly Nation: The Transatlantic Quaker Ministry In An Age Of Revolution by Sarah Crabtree

Holy Nation: The Transatlantic Quaker Ministry In An Age Of Revolution

bySarah Crabtree

Hardcover | July 13, 2015

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Early American Quakers have long been perceived as retiring separatists, but in Holy Nation Sarah Crabtree transforms our historical understanding of the sect by drawing on the sermons, diaries, and correspondence of Quakers themselves. Situating Quakerism within the larger intellectual and religious undercurrents of the Atlantic World, Crabtree shows how Quakers forged a paradoxical sense of their place in the world as militant warriors fighting for peace. She argues that during the turbulent Age of Revolution and Reaction, the Religious Society of Friends forged a “holy nation,” a transnational community of like-minded believers committed first and foremost to divine law and to one another. Declaring themselves citizens of their own nation served to underscore the decidedly unholy nature of the nation-state, worldly governments, and profane laws. As a result, campaigns of persecution against the Friends escalated as those in power moved to declare Quakers aliens and traitors to their home countries.

Holy Nation convincingly shows that ideals and actions were inseparable for the Society of Friends, yielding an account of Quakerism that is simultaneously a history of the faith and its adherents and a history of its confrontations with the wider world. Ultimately, Crabtree argues, the conflicts experienced between obligations of church and state that Quakers faced can illuminate similar contemporary struggles.
Sarah Crabtree is assistant professor of history at San Francisco State University.
Title:Holy Nation: The Transatlantic Quaker Ministry In An Age Of RevolutionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:July 13, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780226255767

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Holy Nation  
Part I: Combat, 1754–89
1. Zion in Crisis: Friends as the Israel of Old 
2. Lamb-Like Warriors: The Quakers’ Church Militant
Part II: Compromise, 1779–1809
3. Walled Gardens: Friends’ Schools
Part III: Concession, 1793–1826
4. The Still, Small Voice: Quaker Activism
5. The Whole World My Country: A Cosmopolitan Society
Conclusion: At Peace with the World, at War with Itself

Editorial Reviews

“Crabtree breaks fertile ground with her look at the Quaker-only schools that placed young Friends behind ‘walled gardens’ to provide an education that would promote Quaker values. Using students’ commonplace books and other school records, she reconstructs a curriculum that taught students to question authority and embrace their ability to change the world, an education that fledging republics were unlikely to embrace. . . . Cosmopolitism threads its way through the last part of the book, as Crabtree explores how the Society of Friends served French and British thinkers as a model for good government, rational religion, and moral economy, even when the reality of the society did not reflect those ideals. Quakers briefly offered an alternative to the inevitable march towards fixed national citizenry. Holy Nation offers a glimpse of what might have been had the Hicksite schism not divided the Society of Friends.”