From Quaker to Upper Canadian: Faith and Community among Yonge Street Friends, 1801-1850

From Quaker to Upper Canadian: Faith and Community among Yonge Street Friends, 1801-1850

by Robynne Healey
     
 

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In 1801 a group of Quakers settled at the north end of Yonge Street in what is now Toronto, purposefully separating themselves from mainstream society in order to live out their faith free from the larger society. Yet in 1837 Quakers were among the most active participants in the Upper Canadian Rebellion, for which one of their leaders, Samuel Lount, was…  See more details below

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In 1801 a group of Quakers settled at the north end of Yonge Street in what is now Toronto, purposefully separating themselves from mainstream society in order to live out their faith free from the larger society. Yet in 1837 Quakers were among the most active participants in the Upper Canadian Rebellion, for which one of their leaders, Samuel Lount, was hanged.

From Quaker to Upper Canadian is the first scholarly work to examine the transformation of this important religious community from a self-insulated group to integration within Upper Canadian society. Through a careful reconstruction of local community dynamics, Robynne Rogers Healey argues that the integration of this sect into mainstream society was the result of religious schisms that splintered the community and compelled Friends to seek affinities with other religious groups as well as the effect of cooperation between Quakers and non-Quakers.

From Quaker to Upper Canadian is an important new addition to religious history that examines one sect's negotiation of politics, religion, and rebellion to find its place in Canadian society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773531369
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
10/25/2006
Series:
McGill-Queen's Studies in the History of Ideas Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Robynne Rogers Healey is assistant professor, history, Trinity Western University.

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