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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Letter to Edward Cathrall, 1764-11-25
Memoirs of the lives of Benjamin Lay and Ralph Sandiford : two of the earliest public advocates for the emancipation of the enslaved Africans
Lucretia Mott letter to Martha Mott Lord
Samuel M. Janney Papers
Letter to George Dillwyn, 1783
Letter to George Dillwyn, 1780-08-06
Isaac T. Hopper Correspondence, Miscellaneous
Letter from Sarah H. Otis to Mary Otis
Edward Morris Davis letter to Anna Davis Hallowell
Letter to George Dillwyn, 1779-08-04
Philadelphia Monthly Meeting Minutes, 1844 [extracts]
Moses Sheppard Miscellaneous Letterbook
Letter to Jonah Thompson, 1756-04-24
The Annual Monitor [extracts]
Kennett Quarterly Meeting of Progressive Friends, Minutes
Lucretia Mott letter to Martha Mott Lord
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Rule of Discipline on Slavery, 1797 [extract]
Letter to George Dillwyn, 1778-07-12 or 14
The Anti-Slavery Alphabet
Edward Hopper letter to Maria Mott Davis