Quakers and the American Family: British Quakers in the Delaware Valley, 1650-1765
Quakers and the American Family: British Quakers in the Delaware Valley, 1650-1765  -     By: Barry Levy
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This brilliant study shows the pivotal role the Quakers played in the origins and development of America's family ideology. Levy argues that the Quakers brought a new vision of family and social life to America--one that contrasted sharply with the harsh, formal world of the New England Puritans. The Quakers stressed affection, friendship and hospitality, the importance of women in the home, and the value of self-disciplined, non-coercive childrearing. This book explains how and why the Quakers have had such a profound cultural impact on America and what the Quakers' experience with their own radical family system tells us about American families.

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Title: Quakers and the American Family: British Quakers in the Delaware Valley, 1650-1765
By: Barry Levy
Format: Paperback
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1991
Dimensions: 8.27 X 5.54 X 1.12 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 1 ounce
ISBN: 0195049764
ISBN-13: 9780195049763
Stock No: WW49764

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"This book represents recent social and intellectual history at its best. Like a finely cut gem, its carefully coordinated facets glitter and shine....[Levy's] analysis is subtle and complex, blending intellectual, social, economic, and demographic sources....All students of 'American republicanism' as well as Quakerism should read and study this book; they will be well rewarded."--History: Review of New Books


"Levy's study of the origins and fortunes of the domestic family could hardly be more timely and welcome....Levy's data are consistently impressive....A wonderfully provocative history....Necessary reading for any history of Quakerism, the family, and women in Anglo-American culture."--William and Mary Quarterly


"An important book for both family historians and family sociologists because it seeks to revise the historical argument regarding the origins of the modern American family....A major contribution to family literature. Levy's exhaustive historical research in tracing a cohort of Quaker families from England to the Delaware family through several generations provides new evidence to refute old arguments, which will be debated for some time."--Contemporary Sociology


"A solid social history of the transplantation of Welsh and Cheshire Quakers from northwestern Britain to the Radnor and Chester Meeting Tracts just west of Philadelphia....Well-researched and, on the whole, judiciously interpreted."--Reviews in American History


"Stimulating."--Journal of American Studies


"Levy's arguments should interest students of the histories of women, the family, and American religion."--Religious Studies Review


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