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The Quakers by Kathleen Elgin
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Dec 18, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: 52-books-in-52-weeks, spirit-matters
Read in December, 2009

OK, I admit it, this is padding for my 52-in-52 goal. But we're getting down to the wire!! Next year I'm adding zines, and contact info where you can get your own copy if you're so inclined. Yes ma'am.

Anyway, it was an OK combination of half biography of an abolitionist Quaker named Levi Coffin, and half mini, partial general intro to the Religious Society of Friends' beliefs & practices. I think the book layout would have benefitted greatly if the beliefs & practices section came first & then Levi Coffin's biography was used to illustrate how one Friend lived his life according to his faith.

One interesting aspect of the book, which was published in 1968, was that it drew parallels from the abolitionist movement to the then-current civil rights movement, although it failed to elaborate even a little on how Quakers were involved in the latter.

All told, very "two stars". Maybe even one and a half.

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