Nantucket Quakers and Negotiating the Politics of the Atlantic World

Richard C. Allen

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    The changing nature of the Atlantic world in the eighteenth century is analysed in this chapter with particular reference to the ways in which Anthony Benezet and the Nantucket Quaker-whalers negotiated the shifting political climate and cultural landscape. It explores personal liberty, pacifism and humanitarianism, as well as revolution, migration and survival. The study considers how these American Quakers, especially the Rotch family, had to navigate their way through periods of upheaval, and carefully negotiate with the British, French and American governments. It reviews the economic networks they created and had to re-establish in the late-eighteenth century, and the challenge to long-held Quaker principles and the continuance of transatlantic trade.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Atlantic World of Anthony Benezet (1713-1784)
    Subtitle of host publicationFrom French Reformation to North American Quaker Antislavery Activism
    EditorsMarie-Jeanne Rossignol, Bertrand Van Ruymbeke
    Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
    ISBN (Electronic)9789004315662
    ISBN (Print)9789004315648
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Publication series

    NameEarly American History Series: The American Colonies, 1500-1830
    ISSN (Print)1877-0216


    • Anthony Benezet
    • quakerism
    • Quakers
    • anti-slavery
    • North American Colonies
    • Nantucket Quaker Community


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