God’s Government Begun

God’s Government Begun

The Society for Universal Inquiry and Reform, 1842–1846
Thomas D. Hamm
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/22/1995
ISBN: 978-0-253-11471-6
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Growing out of the most radical fringes of the abolitionist movement, the Society for Universal Inquiry and Reform set out to inaugurate a new social order based on the principles of nonresistance. The Society founded eight utopian communities which, though short-lived, were the setting for the most radical questioning of antebellum American society. The members of the Society renounced all forms of coercive relationships. They attempted to live without government or private property and to model new visions of work, education, religion, economics, women's rights and roles, and community. This book tells the story of their impassioned attempt to transform the world and begin the "Government of God."

Author Bio

THOMAS D. HAMM is College Archivist, Associate Professor of History, and Director of the Institute for Quaker Studies at Earlham College. His first book, The Transformation of American Quakerism: Orthodox Friends, 1800–1907, was awarded the Brewer Prize of the American Society of Church History.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Evangelicalism, Antislavery, Hicksite Quakerism, Communitarianism, and Reform

1. The Evangelical Roots of Universal Reform
2. The Hicksite Quaker Roots of Universal Reform
3. The Society for Universal Inquiry and Reform Begins
4. The Hundred Conventions: Aspiration and Failure
5. The Communities
6. The Ideology of Universal Reform
7. The Fates of Reformers

Appendix: The Constitution of the Fraternal Brotherhood: Preamble