Joshua Evans Event at Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Wednesday, April 9, 4:30 PM
Ralph Greene of New England Yearly Meeting will present a program on Joshua Evans (1741-1798). Evans was considered “singular” even by the Quakers. He was an early and active abolitionist, traveling as far South Carolina to bear testimony against enslavement, he worked on behalf of the Native Americans in New Jersey, his scruples against any support of slavery led him to wear undyed clothes, because the dyes used at the time were produced by slave labor, and he criticized the worldliness of Quakers of his time, suggesting among other things that the wearing of shoe buckles, where a simple lace would do, was vanity.
The manuscript Joshua Evans Journals at Friends Historical Library are being digitized and transcribed as part of a Digital Humanities Program.
Ralph Greene is very active in New England Yearly Meeting and the Friends Church in South China, Maine.
All are invited to Friends Historical Library, just inside McCabe Library, to hear more about the life and witness of Joshua Evans. Please forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested.
Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery, 1657-1761
Lecture by Brycchan Carey
Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 pm, Friends Meeting House, Swarthmore College
In his book “From Peace to Freedom,” Carey shows how the Quakers turned against slavery in the first half of the eighteenth century and became the first organization to take a stand against the slave trade. Through meticulous examination of the earliest writings of the Friends, including journals and letters, Carey reveals the society’s gradual transition from expressing doubt about slavery to adamant opposition.
Brycchan Carey is Reader in English literature, Kingston University, London.
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