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"Growing up Quaker" in the Civil War era

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Title: "Growing up Quaker" in the Civil War era
Author: Powers, John
Advisor: Lapsansky-Werner, Emma; Edwards, Kaye
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of History
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 218427 bytes157299 bytes
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: What does it mean to grow up in a Quaker community- at home, at school, and in the weekly meeting- and what happens when external events challenge the values and the identities learned in these institutions? Through the lens of the development of two young men raised in Quaker families, with a long-standing tradition in the Society of Friends, this essay explores the context of family life and a college founded by and for Quakers, Haverford College, as the conflict between the southern slave states and the northern non-slave states erupted in Civil War, spurring a “crisis” within the Society of Friends. There were three main contexts that formed the world of young people going to Haverford during this time, the boys themselves and their familial background, the “guarded and liberal education” of Haverford College, and the wider Quaker community in which they were raised. A look at the lives of two bright young Haverford students from Quaker families, one of whom went on to fight in the war while the other did not, encourages us to look at influences beyond their common background, that shaped their attitudes about the war and other external events. This leads us to question to what extent growing up in a Quaker community influenced the view of the outside world by these two men and their peers at Haverford.
Subject: Society of Friends -- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Subject: United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Religious aspects
Subject: Haverford College -- History -- 19th century
Subject: War -- Religious aspects -- Society of Friends
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