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Jane E. Calvert
St. Mary's College of Maryland (St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001)
Dissenters in Our Own Country: Eighteenth-Century Quakerism and the Origins of American Civil Disobedience

Eighteenth-century Quakers developed a distinctive strain of political thought based on their theology, the hallmark of which was a twin emphasis on constitutional perpetuity and a systematic process of civil disobedience and legal action to achieve governmental reform. This philosophy was related to, but distinct from, the Whiggism that dominated early American political thought; and it was a unique and vital force in American politics. Not only were Quaker methods used as the first means to resist England before the Revolution, the Quaker contribution to the American dissenting tradition subsequently shaped the thought and practice of the greatest reformers in American history, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, William Lloyd Garrison, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2005 – 9/30/2005