Quakers and Slavery


The Religious Society of Friends was the first corporate body in Britain and North America to fully condemn slavery as both ethically and religiously wrong in all circumstances. It is in Quaker records that we have some of the earliest manifestations of anti-slavery sentiment, dating from the 1600s. After the 1750s, some Quakers actively engaged in attempting to sway public opinion in Britain and America against the slave trade and slavery in general. At the same time, some Quakers became actively involved in the economic, educational and political well being of the formerly enslaved.

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Lucretia Mott quietly took her place beside the colored man.
Black Water Monthly Meeting, Manumissions, 1776 - 1779
Copy of Patrick Henry letter to Robert Pleasants
Isaac Jackson Journal, 1776
Letter to George Dillwyn, 1773-08-05
Letter to Robert Pleasants, 1780-10-23
Maps from Carey's General atlas, improved and enlarged [extracts]
The History of the Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade by the British Parliament
Letter to Angelina and Sarah Moore Grimke, 1837-08-14
Report of the Committee on Manufacturing, 1846-06-06
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Epistle of Caution and Advice, 1754
Letter to George Dillwyn, 1771-05-02
Lucretia Mott letter to Martha Mott Lord
From the Overseers of the Press Concerning Jn. Woolmans Negro Book
Letter to Nicholas Waln, 1784-04-23
Letter to George Dillwyn, 1780-07
Letter to Lucy C. Shelmire
Letter to George Dillwyn, undated
Letter to George Dillwyn, undated
A serious expostulation with the members of the House of Representatives of the United States