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By Allan W. Austin

ISBN-10: 0252037049

ISBN-13: 9780252037047

 
The spiritual Society of neighbors and its carrier association, the yankee associates provider Committee (AFSC) have lengthy been identified for his or her peace and justice activism. The abolitionist paintings of acquaintances in the course of the antebellum period has been good documented, and their modern anti-war and anti-racism paintings is favourite to activists around the globe. Quaker Brotherhood is the 1st wide research of the AFSC's interracial activism within the first half the 20 th century, filling a huge hole in scholarship at the Quakers' race kin paintings from the AFSC's founding in 1917 to the beginnings of the civil rights circulate within the early 1950s.
 
Allan W. Austin tracks the evolution of key AFSC tasks corresponding to the Interracial part and the yank Interracial Peace Committee, which reveal the tentativeness of the buddies' activism within the Twenties, in addition to efforts within the Thirties to make scholarly principles and activist paintings extra theologically correct for pals. Documenting the AFSC's efforts to aid ecu and jap American refugees in the course of international conflict II, Austin indicates that by means of 1950, Quakers within the AFSC had honed a extraordinarily pleasant method of interracial family members that mixed scholarly understandings of race with their non secular views.
 
In tracing the transformation of 1 of the main influential social activist teams within the usa over the 1st 1/2 the 20 th century, Quaker Brotherhood offers neighbors in a considerate, thorough, and even-handed demeanour. Austin portrays the background of the AFSC and race--highlighting the organization's boldness in a few elements and its timidity in others--as an ongoing fight that gives a beginning for knowing how shared corporation could functionality in a less than perfect and infrequently racist world.
 
Highlighting the advanced and occasionally arguable connections among Quakers and race in this period, Austin uncovers very important facets of the background of associates, pacifism, feminism, American faith, immigration, ethnicity, and the early roots of multiculturalism.

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Bryan praised Hasegawa’s success midway through his one-year stay, reporting that “his manner of delivery and his ability to speak the English language is improving all the time.  . during the Christmas holidays. ”65 38 chapter 1 The minutes of the February section meeting echoed Bryan’s sentiments. The group agreed that “through his speaking and visiting [Hasegawa] has done a very great deal to interpret Japanese life to America. ” Stressing that the “Golden Rule of Christ” could lead to a “Golden Age of men,” Hasegawa’s speech exemplified how race work flowed seamlessly into peace work.

Just what was essential to hold things together and maintain ‘Friendly’ ways”—sought to reinterpret Quakerism to suit modern times. ”6 The AFSC would prove to be one readily available and intellectually comfortable means for these Friends in the independent meetings to make broader connections grounded in activism for social change. In this context, Yearly Meetings, the FGC, and other organizations that typically eschewed the more radical economic critiques while privileging peace and temperance work sometimes contributed to southern schools and held occasional interracial events, such as a series of “Race Relations Sundays” sponsored by the AFSC and the Philadelphia Yearly Meetings.

K.  . Supposing all the Friends in Indiana united in strong opposition to such outbursts of prejudice, and supposing the Church joined? We have strength; the Five Years Meeting, recently assembled, is one evidence of it—but evidently it does not occur to us to use our combined strength to fight actual outbursts with the tools of love. ” Each directly addressed race and was motivated by the AFSC’s core belief that education and intercultural exchanges could improve understanding between groups by reforming individuals.

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