Join us Saturday, January 29th, for the second lecture in CFHA’s Quakerism in the Atlantic World series. Our speaker is Quaker scholar Betsy Cazden who will discuss her chapter, “‘Within the Bounds of their Circumstances:’ The Testimony of Inequality among Eighteenth-Century New England Friends.”

The virtual series began Saturday, January 15th, and runs every second Saturday. All lectures will take place at 0900 Pacific / 1200 Eastern / 1700 UK on Zoom. Following the chapters of the volume, each short lecture will run for thirty minutes and include a discussion period at the end. All are welcome to attend the lectures and are we encourage you to share the registration link with friends and colleagues who will find the series of interest.

Register for the second lecture here:

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Betsy’s chapter examines the hierarchal structures that eighteenth-century New England Quakers adhered to, dictating how Friends viewed the role of women and enslavement. Her chapter details how Friends dealt with social and political inequalities within the broader practices of the Quaker Atlantic.

Betsy Cazden, an independent scholar based in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, holds degrees from Oberlin College, Harvard Law School, and Andover Newton Theological School. Her publications include a biography of nineteenth-century feminist minister Antoinette Brown Blackwell; articles in both scholarly and general publications; and the chapter on “Quakers, Slavery, Anti-Slavery and Race” in the Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies (2013). She has presented her work at the American Society of Church History, the Quaker Studies Research Association, and the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists, among others. Her current project focuses on Rhode Island Quakers and slavery.

CFHA is dedicating this lecture series to Gordon Thompson in recognition of his enthusiasm for sharing Quaker history as a way to keep us connected during the pandemic. We rejoice in Gord’s tremendous contributions to CFHA. Always mentioning the great accomplishments and potential for CFHA, our Association is so much stronger because of Gord’s leadership and many contributions.


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