The Journal of John Woolman

The Journal of John Woolman

by John Woolman
     
 

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This famous journal by John Woolman is a historic text which emblematically details the life of a Quaker missionary preaching against slavery in North America during the 18th century.

This unabridged edition of the journal contains all eleven chapters, taking us through the memorable life of the spiritual and intrepid John Woolman, a Quaker who took it upon

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This famous journal by John Woolman is a historic text which emblematically details the life of a Quaker missionary preaching against slavery in North America during the 18th century.

This unabridged edition of the journal contains all eleven chapters, taking us through the memorable life of the spiritual and intrepid John Woolman, a Quaker who took it upon himself to spread the word of God throughout frontiers of British territory which had barely been mapped. Published almost 250 years ago, this book is today considered one of the earliest classics of American spiritualism.

An early anti-slavery campaigner, John Woolman spent years convincing fellow Quakers not to keep slaves, having much success in these efforts. In later life, he would spread these efforts to Quaker meeting houses throughout England, to the point where by the end of his life, slavery had become widely opposed within the Society of Friends. He was also a strong proponent against cruelty to animals, and against economic exploitation and oppression, together with military conscription.

Whether you are in search of spiritual guidance, or wish to learn more of the time and place in which John Woolman practiced, this journal is a fine and worthy read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781534712300
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
06/17/2016
Pages:
118
Sales rank:
367,018

Meet the Author

John Woolman (1720-1772) was a North American merchant, tailor, journalist and itinerant Quaker preacher, and an early abolitionist in the colonial era. Based in Mount Holly, New Jersey, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he traveled through frontier areas of British North America to preach Quaker beliefs, and advocate against slavery and the slave trade, cruelty to animals, economic injustices and oppression, and conscription; from 1755 during the French and Indian War, he urged tax resistance to deny support to the military. In 1772, Woolman traveled to England, where he urged Quakers to support abolition of slavery.
Woolman published numerous essays, especially against slavery. He kept a journal throughout his life; it was published posthumously, entitled The Journal of John Woolman (1774). Included in Volume I of the Harvard Classics since 1909, it is considered a prominent American spiritual work. The Journal has been continuously in print since 1774, published in numerous editions; the most recent scholarly edition was published in 1989.

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