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The Quaker Colonies

Sydney George Fisher

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The Quaker Colonies describes the Quaker emigration to the colonies in the sixteen and seventeen hundreds and at the same time its involvement in the evolution of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. Throughout, the author investigates the various interactions--religious, cultural, and political--between the racial and national groups: the Indians, the French (albeit briefly), the English (Quaker, Catholic, and Anglican), the Dutch, and the Swedes.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .English history as Ulstermen—the same who made such a heroic defense of Londonderry against James II, and the same who in modern times have resisted home rule in Ireland because it would bury them, they believe, under the tyranny of their old enemies, the native Irish Catholic majority. They were more thrifty and industrious than the native Irish and as a result they usually prospered on the Irish land. At first they were in a more or less constant state of war with the native Irish, who attempted to expel them. They were subsequently persecuted by the Church of England under Charles I, who attempted to force them to conform to the English established religion. Such a rugged schooling in Ireland made of them a very aggressive, hardy people, Protestants of the Protestants, so accustomed to contests and warfare that they accepted it as the natural state of man.

These Ulstermen came to Pennsylvania somewhat later than the first German sects; and not many of . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book provides an insight into an aspect of Colonial America which is often overlooked, the Quakers in America. People know about the Puratin colonists, but the Quaker colonists are every bit as important to an understanding of Colonial America.

Great book about the history of the colonial age of the eastern part of North America. It's very detailed and interesting to read.

This eighth volume of the Chronicles series stands to serve as the story of the Quaker foundation of those three American colonies: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The again well written volume does well at explaining the background in which the colonies found their footing, the politics...more