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Michele Lise Tarter and Catie Gill

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198814221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198814221.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
New Critical Studies on Early Quaker Women, 1650-1800

Michele Lise Tarter

Catie Gill

Oxford University Press

From Quakerism’s earliest beginnings in England, women comprised a swelling number of converts, and they persisted in expanding their transatlantic community throughout the century and a half covered by this book. This introduction explores the rise of this religious sect through focusing on how women participated in the establishment of Quakerism; it appraises women’s religiosity as a way of explaining their enduring presence in the Quaker movement, and gives an account of the strength of women’s contributions through exploring their varied roles within the Society of Friends. The introduction provides a background of Quaker women’s history and establishes a context for the volume’s essays, situating each of the twelve chapters in relation to a critical paradigm and key research question: to assess how radical were the movement’s women, and how far they were able to modify traditional expectations. The conclusion suggests paths for future scholarship to pursue in the light of the findings in this work.

Keywords:   Quaker historiography, community, revolutionary, gender, radical, networks, transatlantic, women

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