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Utilizing a wide variety of sources--laws, court cases, church records, sermons, political tracts, diaries, newspapers, and government records--Frost traces the development of religious freedom in Pennsylvania from the founding of the colony up to World War II.
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J. William Frost is Howard M. and Charles F. Jenkins Professor of Quaker History and Research and Director of the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College. His books include The Quaker Family in Colonial America (St. Martins, 1973) and, with Hugh Barbour, The Quakers (new edition, Friends United Press, 1993).Review:
Given the importance of the Pennsylvania story to the development of religious liberty in America, it is surprising as J. William Frost notes that this story has received so little attention. Here, at last, we have the vital narrative offered in impressive and illuminating detail. --Edwin S. Gaustad, American Historical Review
William Penn incorporated his concept of religious liberty into the new commonwealth, but succeeding generations of Pennsylvanians have modified his beliefs and practices. [Frost] has written a comprehensive, scholarly volume tracing the changes from the time of Penn to the Civil War period, with an epilogue that describes the creation of a new approach to religious liberty by the federal courts in the years since World War II. --Edwin B. Bronner, Journal of American History
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