Why Quakers and Slavery? Why Not More Quakers?

Jerry Frost, Emeritus Howard M. and Charles F. Jenkins Professor of Quaker History and Research, presented this keynote address at Quakers and Slavery, 1657-1865, a conference that examined the history, literature, and culture of the Quaker relationship with slavery from the Society of Friends' origins in the English Civil War to the end of the American Civil War. Frost is the author of many books and articles on Quaker history and peace studies, including The Quaker Family in Colonial America: A Portrait of the Society of Friends (1973), The Quakers (1988), A Perfect Freedom: Religious Liberty in Pennsylvania (1990), and A History of Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim Perspectives on War and Peace (2004). Frost also served as director of Friends Historical Library from 1973 to 2001.