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By Allan W. Austin

The non secular Society of buddies and its provider association, the yank associates provider Committee (AFSC) have lengthy been identified for his or her peace and justice activism. The abolitionist paintings of pals throughout the antebellum period has been good documented, and their modern anti-war and anti-racism paintings is established to activists around the globe. Quaker Brotherhood is the 1st large learn of the AFSC's interracial activism within the first 1/2 the 20th century, filling an enormous hole in scholarship at the Quakers' race kin paintings from the AFSC's founding in 1917 to the beginnings of the civil rights move within the early 1950s.
Allan W. Austin tracks the evolution of key AFSC tasks akin to the Interracial part and the yank Interracial Peace Committee, which display the tentativeness of the chums' activism within the Nineteen Twenties, in addition to efforts within the Nineteen Thirties to make scholarly rules and activist paintings extra theologically appropriate for associates. Documenting the AFSC's efforts to aid eu and jap American refugees in the course of global conflict II, Austin indicates that by means of 1950, Quakers within the AFSC had honed a pretty pleasant method of interracial relatives 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 20th century, Quaker Brotherhood provides buddies in a considerate, thorough, and even-handed demeanour. Austin portrays the historical past of the AFSC and race--highlighting the organization's boldness in a few points and its timidity in others--as an ongoing fight that gives a origin for figuring out how shared organisation may possibly functionality in a less than perfect and sometimes racist world.
Highlighting the advanced and occasionally debatable connections among Quakers and race in this period, Austin uncovers very important facets of the background of neighbors, pacifism, feminism, American faith, immigration, ethnicity, and the early roots of multiculturalism.

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Other Quakers detected an even more active racism on the part of at least some Friends who practiced segregation. ” Another respondent reported that some Quakers wanted to keep both blacks and Jews out of Friends’ schools, believing that education could not lead to their improvement. 43 In light of this searchingly honest portrait, respondents suggested ways to build a better future, many of which echoed the AFSC’s developing approach to race relations. The respondents generally acknowledged what one described as the primary need “to eliminate race prejudice among ourselves.

B. Du Bois’s essay “Race and War,” further inspired her interest in pacifism and race relations. ” At Woodbury, DuBois experimented with assembly techniques and curricular materials in which students dramatized the contributions of different groups to American society as part of a method designed to improve intergroup relations. ” To accomplish this, DuBois continued, Friends needed to “make contacts with those Negroes of our own cultural level. ”32 DuBois’s comments reflected the AFSC’s optimism about the possibilities created by interracial contacts but also revealed an anxiety that, quite bluntly, Friends simply were not in close contact with very many African Americans.

The attendees agreed that such ambiguity necessitated a “checking up upon the attitude of Friends toward the Negro. For instance, Negroes are making a tremendous fight against what is known as segregation, as far as residence and schools are concerned. ”33 In response to such concerns, the AFSC began to investigate the roles African Americans played in the Religious Society of Friends. An early, if apparently incomplete, attempt to survey Quakers suggested the stark absence of blacks. The survey managed to locate only two or three African American Friends in the Philadelphia area and a single black minister in Oregon, although the survey did find several thousand black members in the West Indies.

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