The Quaker religion, also
called the Society of Friends, was started by
George Fox. He thought that the only way to talk to
God was through an inner spiritual faith. He
believed that it was possible for everyone to talk
directly with God. This belief challenged the
authority of the Anglican church. He started the
Quaker religion to practice what he believed. Many
people became Quakers and started to follow Fox.
Most Quakers thought fighting is wrong, and they
thought that everyone was equal. Quakers would not
take off their hats to other men. The English
didn't like the Quakers and put many of them in
jail. This is why the Quakers decided move to
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One of the most important Quaker beliefs was that they were
against slavery, and they would not have any slaves. By
1776, the National Quaker Organization banned slave-holding
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When the Quakers moved to
America, they still were not treated very nicely.
They were still put in jail and were even hung.
When William Penn came to settle in Pennsylvania,
the Quakers were very happy because William Penn
was a Quaker. They thought that this would be a new
and happier life for them. The Quakers did prosper.
They worked hard, and soon controlled most of
When the Revolutionary war
broke out, the Quakers were beaten because they
wouldn't take sides. They did help raise relief
funds to help the wounded from the
The Quakers may have been against
fighting, but people fought against them. Through all the
years of Quakerism in the Colonies, Quakers were beaten and
whipped for practicing what they believed.
George Fox was born in 1624 and died
in 1691. The persecution of Fox and his many thousands of
followers eventually led to increased religious freedom in