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Quakers and the American Family: British Settlement in the Delaware Valley
Examining the transplantation of English Quakers to North America from the mid-seventeenth to mid-eighteenth centuries, Barry Levy looks particularly at the origins and fortunes of the domestic family.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 12th 1992 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published June 30th 1988)
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The "virtuous heathens" of the founding of the US are studied pretty carefully in this book. This is a complicated topic with a complicated history that was fundamental to the framing of the US Constitution; the author does a fairly good job although his ridicule of some of the nurturing behavior of the fathers brings into question the author's objectivity (not to mention his maturity). The book primarily focuses on the "ethical weight" placed on the family in this system, rather than "morals" b ...more