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How the Quakers Invented America

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Nationally syndicated columnist David Yount shows how Quakers and the Society of Friends shaped the basic distinctive features of American life, from the days of the colonies, revolution and founders, to the civil rights movements of modern times: freedom, equality, community, straightforwardness, and spirituality. Quaker prep schools and colleges continue to guide future ...more
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Published June 28th 2007 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Nathan
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Okay, it's a bad choice of title. This isn't so much history as theology. Yount is a convinced Quaker himself, and his obvious affection for his subject propels his book, a bit like Thomas Cahill's take on the Irish or Joseph Pearce's collection of literary giants and Catholics. The amount of actual history here is scanty. Still, given the quiet reluctance of Quakers to toot their own horns, the movement deserves a little cheerleading. Despite being deeply interested in Quaker theology and spiri ...more
David Monroe
Nov 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, theology
Using previously published essays, author, journalist, and theologian David Yount has created this book. It is part personal spiritual journey and confession of faith (he's a former Roman Catholic who is now a convinced member of the Religious Society of Friends), part spiritual guide, and part exposition of Quaker religious belief and practice that utilizes history to provide important background information and to illustrate key points.

The provocative title suggests that the it promises much,
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Rick
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology, history
Did the Quakers "invent" America? Well, if you look at the influence of Quaker created constitutions in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania you could make a pretty good case as this author did. Besides there are all those reform movements led by Quakers, women's suffrege, women's rights, abolition of slavery, prison and child labor reform, even the Underground Railroad. Quakers did a lot. This is an informative book.
Leland
Oct 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
I was looking for an historical treatment of the Quakers and their influence in the New England Colonies. This book is far more a personal spiritual journey than a readable historical treatment of the Quakers.
Chad
Apr 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: gave-up-on-this
Tried to finish--this was somewhat interesting, but cursory if you are really into deep history or specifics.
Jim
Aug 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Not quite what I was looking for....a bit to historical....nothing really thought provking
Genie
Not quite what I expected. Most of the book was a basic introduction to Quakers and Quakerism. I expected more based on the title of the book and more discussion of how the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were based so much on Quaker principles set out by William Penn in Pennsylvania. so the title really felt misleading to me.
Willie
Oct 03, 2007 marked it as to-read
Heard a review of this on WUNC radio, featuring Max Carter, and was pretty intrigued...
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