This unique addition to Civil War literature examines the extensive influence Quaker belief and practice had on Lincoln's decisions relative to slavery, including his choice to emancipate the slaves.
• Explains the critical role Quakers exercised in Lincoln's prosecution of the Civil War
• Reveals how Quakers employed their historic commitments to abolitionism and pacifism to convince Lincoln of the necessity of emancipation, freedmen's relief and education, and conscientious objection
• Highlights Lincoln's interactions and correspondence with individual British and American Quakers and Quaker groups
• Provides readers with important context necessary to understand one of the nation's most respected humanitarian groups
• Includes nearly two dozen period photographs that provide a fascinating glimpse into long-ago history
• Examines the Quakers' 150-year crusade against slavery, their efforts to improve the conditions of free blacks, and the religious beliefs that informed those activities