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The Quakers in America
     

The Quakers in America

by Thomas D. Hamm
 

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The Quakers in America is a multifaceted history of the Religious Society of Friends and a fascinating study of its culture and controversies today. Lively vignettes of Conservative, Evangelical, Friends General Conference, and Friends United meetings

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The Quakers in America is a multifaceted history of the Religious Society of Friends and a fascinating study of its culture and controversies today. Lively vignettes of Conservative, Evangelical, Friends General Conference, and Friends United meetings

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Library Journal
Who are the approximately 100,000 religious adherents to Quakerism in America, and what are their doctrines, politics, and relations with other denominations within the ecumenical movement? Hamm (history, Earlham Coll.), archivist of the Friends Collection, describes and explains American Quakerism in its considerable diversity. Hamm briefly discusses their history, starting in 1652 with founder George Fox of Yorkshire, England, and continuing through to present-day America. Quakers were confronted with opposition from other religions and society as their beliefs (e.g., that women were the spiritual equals to men) challenged myriad theological and social conventions. Hamm follows his history of Quakers with an overview of the doctrines and practices, including Conservative, Evangelical, Friends General Conference, and Friends United forms of worship. Individual pastoral meetings and churches have distinct styles, but the common theme is the worship of Spirit and the ministry to all believers. The commitment to outreach of Quakers and various Friends organizations is also detailed, as is their work in affecting local and foreign policy. Short biographies of 15 well-known Quakers appear at the end. With its broad approach to the topic, this scholarly yet readable book deserves careful reading by anyone interested in Quakerism. Recommended for all collections.-L. Kriz, West Des Moines P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Journal of Religion
The Quakers in America is a welcome update...Hamm manages impressive breadth, as well as surprising depth.

The Historian
This is an exceptional book. It is simply one of the best books ever written about American Quakerism - high praise indeed, but deserved... This reviewer commends Hamm for producing a remarkable guide book to the maze that is contemporary Quakerism.

— Steven Jay White

Nova Religio
The Quakers in America presents a concise, highly readable account of American Quakerism toady. From the first pages Hamm draws the reader into the text... Hamm's work, part of the Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series, offers a concise and engaging introduction to Quaker history and to Quakerism today.

— Elizabeth De Wolfe

Indiana Magazine of History
Worth reading by anyone seeking knowledge of religion in the contemporary United States.

— Peter W. Williams

Quaker Life - Doug Gwyn
Tom Hamm's latest book furthers his valuable contributions as a leading Quaker historian.... It would be a valuable addition to the library of any meeting unafraid to countenance the wider family of Friends today.

The Friend - Eileen M. Fowler
This book is both readable and scholarly...which would be just right for those wanting to know more about the how, why and what of American Friends today. It would also be an excellent introduction for anyone interested in more serious research.

The Journal of American History - H. Larry Ingle
Hamm has an established reputation for clear expository writing, always well grounded in sources and characterized by judicious conclusions.

The Historian - Steven Jay White
This is an exceptional book. It is simply one of the best books ever written about American Quakerism - high praise indeed, but deserved... This reviewer commends Hamm for producing a remarkable guide book to the maze that is contemporary Quakerism.

Nova Religio - Elizabeth De Wolfe
The Quakers in America presents a concise, highly readable account of American Quakerism toady. From the first pages Hamm draws the reader into the text... Hamm's work, part of the Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series, offers a concise and engaging introduction to Quaker history and to Quakerism today.

Indiana Magazine of History - Peter W. Williams
Worth reading by anyone seeking knowledge of religion in the contemporary United States.

Booklist
Thomas D. Hamm's immensely valuable book presents the ongoing complexity of this unusually potent sect with maximal clarity.

Wilmington News- Journal
[A]n eye opening book... [that] describes the history of Quakerism in America from 1640 to the present and introduces the reader to such prominent Quakers as William Penn and John Woolman. It also describes some of the schisms that have taken place in Quaker beliefs and practices that resulted in the current divisions of Quaker organizations.

Quaker Life
Tom Hamm's latest book furthers his valuable contributions as a leading Quaker historian.... It would be a valuable addition to the library of any meeting unafraid to countenance the wider family of Friends today.

— Doug Gwyn

The Friend
This book is both readable and scholarly...which would be just right for those wanting to know more about the how, why and what of American Friends today. It would also be an excellent introduction for anyone interested in more serious research.

— Eileen M. Fowler

The Journal of American History
Hamm has an established reputation for clear expository writing, always well grounded in sources and characterized by judicious conclusions.

— H. Larry Ingle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231508933
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/05/2004
Series:
Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
9 MB

What People are Saying About This

J. William Frost
Hamm has written a superb portrait of modern Quakerism, drawing on the latest historical research, wide reading in contemporary Quaker sources, and extensive interviews, as well as visits to many varieties of meetings. Readers will learn how past beliefs influence recent Quaker practices and controversies over worship, theology, pacifism, marriage, family, women's rights, and education. Hamm has the rare ability to write in a manner that is informative for academic specialists and appealing to lay men and women. If a person wishes to read only one book about the Society of Friends, this is the one I would recommend.

Margaret Hope Bacon
There has long been a need for a study of American Quakers in the twentieth century. With meticulous scholarship and a graceful style, Thomas Hamm has filled this need admirably. He treats various forms of contemporary Quaker belief with remarkable evenhandedness and compassion. The Quakers in America will become a classic.

Mark A. Noll
Although scholarship is rich on the history of the Quakers, brief, reliable guides are hard to find. Thomas Hamm's carefully crafted book thus meets a real need in supplying an authoritative introduction. It is one of the book's special merits that it makes not only the ins and outs of Quaker history, but also the bewildering variety of intra-Quaker differences as interesting as they are clear.

Meet the Author

Thomas D. Hamm is archivist for the Friends Collection and professor of history at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. This is his fourth book on Quakerism.


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