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By Geoffrey Plank

The abolitionist John Woolman (1720-72) has been defined as a "Quaker saint," an remoted mystic, singular even between a novel humans. yet as historian Geoffrey Plank recounts, this tailor, hog manufacturer, shopkeeper, schoolteacher, and well-known Quaker minister used to be a great deal enmeshed in his local people in colonial New Jersey and used to be alert to boot to occasions in the course of the British Empire. Responding to the placement as he observed it, Woolman built a finished critique of his fellow Quakers and of the imperial economic climate, turned some of the most emphatic competitors of slaveholding, and helped strengthen a brand new type of protest by way of striving by no means to spend cash in ways in which may well inspire slavery or other kinds of iniquity.

Drawing at the diaries of contemporaries, own correspondence, the mins of Quaker conferences, enterprise and probate files, pamphlets, and different assets, John Woolman's route to the peaceful Kingdom indicates that Woolman and his acquaintances have been way more engaged with the issues of inequality, exchange, and conflict than somebody might be aware of simply from interpreting the Quaker's personal writings. even supposing he's well-known as an abolitionist, the tip of slavery was once simply a part of Woolman's undertaking. Refusing to think that the pursuit of self-interest may correctly advisor financial lifestyles, Woolman aimed for a remarkable worldwide transformation: a common disavowal of greed.

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