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

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

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Overview

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, 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.

Healey's work paints a more complex picture of the religious landscape of nineteenth-century Ontario, challenging notions of Protestant hegemony and a common pioneer experience and contributing to a broader understanding of Anglo-Canadian culture and society. Paying particular attention to gender relations, it also adds to a better understanding of the diverse roles of women in nineteenth-century Canada.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773560178
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2006
  • Series: McGill-Queen
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents


Illustrations, Maps, and Figures     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     3
The First-Generation Community     21
The Religious Society of Friends: Origins, Testimonies, and Organization     23
God's Other Peculiar People: Yonge Street Quakers in Early Upper Canada     31
Of Kith and Kin: Family and Friends and the Establishment of Community in the Yonge Street Meeting     51
Keeping the Faith: Quaker Women and the Sustaining of Community     74
Unity of Faith and Practice: Discipline, "Contentiousness," and Women in the Yonge Street Community of Friends     93
Fractured, Not Broken: Women and the Separation of the Children of Peace     113
The Second-Generation Community     131
The Fragmentation of Friends: The Second-Generation Yonge Street Quaker Community and the Movement away from Sectarianism     133
The Hicksite-Orthodox Schism: A House Divided     150
A Religiously Guarded Education: Schooling in the Yonge Street Community     169
Conclusion: A Little Leaven     184
The Queries     194
The Quaker Marriage Certificate     199
Glossary     201
Notes     205
Bibliography     261
Index     285
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