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Liberty and ConscienceA Documentary History of Conscientious Objectors in America through the Civil War$
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Peter Brock

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151220

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195151224.001.0001

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The New Republic to Antebellum America

The New Republic to Antebellum America

(p.77) V The New Republic to Antebellum America
Liberty and Conscience
Peter Brock
Oxford University Press

Eleven documents are presented, with an introductory text, illustrating the treatment of conscientious objectors in America in the period between the War of the Revolution (which started in 1775) and the outbreak of Civil War in 1861. The documents concern: continuing Quaker witness against war (four accounts from 1801–24); a Quaker petition against militia conscription (1810); extracts from the diary of a small‐sect militia objector (1794–1875); pleas for exemption of nonsectarian militia objectors (1818 and 1838); William Lloyd Garrison as a militia objector (1829); the paying of militia fines by pacifist exempts (1836); nonsectarian militia objectors in jail (1838, 1839 and 1840); and dilemmas of Quaker conscientious objectors in antebellum America (1835, 1839).

Keywords:   America, conscientious objectors, conscription, William Lloyd Garrison, history, nonsectarianism, pacifism, peace sects, Quakers, USA

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