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  •  Actually, the Quaker experience (8+ / 0-)

    in New England is quite interesting....

    Read an article ~ maybe a decade ago? so details fuzzy but major points stuck....~ where the author looked at the actual punishments given to those accused of being Quaker, as opposed what laws were passed. Itinerant/non-local defendants were almost always given fines/other punishments that were as harsh as the law allowed, or much closer to it, while locals almost always received much less harsh sentences.

    So, the issue may have been as much social stability as religious differences. A local with a farm and connections to the community was less dangerous to stability than an itinerant preacher....

    But most officials in MA and CT weren't too unhappy when Quakers moved to RI or PA/NJ ;-)

    The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

    by mayim on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 10:35:06 AM PST

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    •  I remember (5+ / 0-)

      a character in Michener's Chesapeake ended up on Maryland's eastern shore after being run out of Massachusetts Bay as a Quaker. In the book his family were the abolitionist conscience of the area for centuries.

      “Republicans...think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 12:51:51 PM PST

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