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The Fearless Benjamin Lay

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Interest in the life and preaching of Benjamin Lay (1682 – 1759) has peaked in recent weeks with two articles, one in the New York Times and the other in the September issue of Smithsonian, announcing the publication of a new book about the life and times of this hunch-back Quaker dwarf whose name was known in virtually every household in mid 18th century Philadelphia.  Benjamin Lay was the leading abolitionist of his time and his radical approach to speaking out against slavery had a significant impact on the thinking of his fellow Philadelphia Quakers.  It is timely recognition for this important historical figure considering our current national atmosphere and the fact that after more than 250 years since Lay’s death, racism remains the single greatest issue facing the country.

See “The Story of Benjamin Lay” from our July 14, 2016 News.

Marcus Rediker, The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist

 

 

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