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Daughters of light : Quaker women preaching and prophesying in the colonies and abroad, 1700-1775

Author: Rebecca Larson
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Daughters of Light by Rebecca Larson is a startling reassessment of the place of women in American colonial history. Larson's story of 18th-century Quaker women describes women's power in popular reform movements of that era, and explores Quaker women's redefinitions of marriage and motherhood. Colonial Quakers, like their contemporary descendants, believed that "the Holy Spirit had been planted in the hearts of all  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Larson, Rebecca, 1959-
Daughters of light.
New York : Knopf, 1999
(OCoLC)607263482
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Larson
ISBN: 0679437622 9780679437628
OCLC Number: 39887091
Description: x, 399 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Beginnings --
"Chosen instruments": Identifying the women ministers --
"Love yt (that) many waters cannot quench": Women ministers travelling --
"Dutiful wives, tender mothers": The family roles of the women ministers --
"In the service of truth": Impact of women ministers' travels on the transatlantic Quaker community --
From "witches" to "celebrated preachers": The non-Quaker response to the women ministers.
Responsibility: Rebecca Larson.
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Daughters of Light by Rebecca Larson is a startling reassessment of the place of women in American colonial history. Larson's story of 18th-century Quaker women describes women's power in popular reform movements of that era, and explores Quaker women's redefinitions of marriage and motherhood. Colonial Quakers, like their contemporary descendants, believed that "the Holy Spirit had been planted in the hearts of all humans to inwardly teach them." Although Quakers had strict rules regarding women's dress, language, and behavior, Quaker women were never denied their claims of a direct connection to God. (Their Puritan sisters, by contrast, practiced a religion that idealized female submission in both the earthly and spiritual realms.) So when Quaker women believed they were called to preach--in meeting houses, courthouses, and private homes; to other Quakers, to Native Americans, and to ecumenical audiences; in the West Indies, England, Europe, and the American colonies--they were given the freedom to do so. All domestic duties were configured to account for divine demands. (The Spirit leading Quaker women, as one wrote, "was to me like a needle of a compass ... for so it pointed where I ought to go.".).

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