The spiritual Society of acquaintances and its carrier association, the yankee pals carrier Committee (AFSC) have lengthy been identified for his or her peace and justice activism. The abolitionist paintings of neighbors throughout the antebellum period has been good documented, and their modern anti-war and anti-racism paintings is generic to activists around the globe. Quaker Brotherhood is the 1st wide learn of the AFSC's interracial activism within the first 1/2 the 20th century, filling an immense hole in scholarship at the Quakers' race relatives 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 initiatives resembling the Interracial part and the yankee Interracial Peace Committee, which display the tentativeness of the buddies' activism within the Twenties, in addition to efforts within the Nineteen Thirties to make scholarly principles and activist paintings extra theologically suitable for associates. Documenting the AFSC's efforts to assist eu and jap American refugees in the course of global battle II, Austin indicates that by way of 1950, Quakers within the AFSC had honed a fairly pleasant method of interracial kinfolk 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 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 facets and its timidity in others--as an ongoing fight that gives a starting place for realizing how shared employer may possibly functionality in a less than excellent and infrequently racist world.
Highlighting the advanced and occasionally arguable connections among Quakers and race in this period, Austin uncovers very important points of the background of associates, pacifism, feminism, American faith, immigration, ethnicity, and the early roots of multiculturalism.