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Early Voices  Many Friends (Quakers) purchased and traded slaves  This created a conflict between their property rights (own slaves) and their religious.

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2 Early Voices  Many Friends (Quakers) purchased and traded slaves  This created a conflict between their property rights (own slaves) and their religious beliefs

3 NY Friends  New York Quakers did not own a large number of slaves  Farmers in Westchester, Long Island and Hudson River valley held slaves, but not in the numbers found in Newport RI, Philadelphia or the W. Indies

4 NY Opposition  1716 –Horsman Mullenix was first NY Friend to raise issue at the Quarterly meeting  In 1719- London Yearly Meeting instructed Friends to do unto others as they would want done unto them  Slave Owners = they fed, clothed and employed their slaves  Antislavery = no one would ever want to be enslaved

5 NY Opposition  1759 – NY Meeting decides Friends cannot import slaves – not really an issue since hardly any Friends had imported slaves recently  1767 – Purchase Friends resolve that slavery is “inconsistent with the Christian Spirit.”  1770 – Quakers assist in creation of Free Black settlement – the Hills

6 Manumission Society  1785 – Formed in NYC by 18 men – 12 of whom were Quakers  Purpose: secure laws to end slavery in NY, monitor compliance with laws (kidnapping and exporting), educating “people of color”, working with other abolitionist organizations  1829- Ten of 13 members were NY Friends  Of the first 454 members during its first 40 years, at least 251 were Friends


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