Quakers and the American Family: British Settlement in the Delaware Valley

Paperback | March 1, 1992

byBarry Levy

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This brilliant study shows the pivotal role the Quakers played in the origins and development of America's family ideology. Levy argues that the Quakers brought a new vision of family and social life to America--one that contrasted sharply with the harsh, formal world of the New EnglandPuritans. The Quakers stressed affection, friendship and hospitality, the importance of women in the home, and the value of self-disciplined, non-coercive childrearing. This book explains how and why the Quakers have had such a profound cultural impact on America and what the Quakers' experiencewith their own radical family system tells us about American families.

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This brilliant study shows the pivotal role the Quakers played in the origins and development of America's family ideology. Levy argues that the Quakers brought a new vision of family and social life to America--one that contrasted sharply with the harsh, formal world of the New EnglandPuritans. The Quakers stressed affection, friendsh...

Barry Levy is at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 1.1 inPublished:March 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195049764

ISBN - 13:9780195049763

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"Levy's arguments should interest students of the histories of women, the family, and American religion."--Religious Studies Review