World of trouble : a Philadelphia Quaker family's journey through the American Revolution / Richard Godbeer.

Godbeer, Richard author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019]
xiii, 460 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Drinker, Henry, 1734-1809.
Drinker, Elizabeth Sandwith, 1734-1807.
Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Biography.
Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- Social conditions -- 18th century.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783.
An intimate account of the American Revolution as seen through the eyes of a Quaker pacifist couple living in Philadelphia. Historian Richard Godbeer presents a richly layered and intimate account of the American Revolution as experienced by a Philadelphia Quaker couple, Elizabeth Drinker and the merchant Henry Drinker, who barely survived the unique perils that Quakers faced during that conflict. Spanning a half-century before, during, and after the war, this gripping narrative illuminates the Revolution's darker side as pacifist Quakers were vilified, threatened, and in some cases killed as alleged enemies of the revolutionary cause. Amid chaos and danger, the Drinkers tried as best they could to keep their family and faith intact. Through one couple's story, Godbeer opens a window onto a uniquely turbulent period of American history, uncovers the domestic, social, and religious lives of Quakers in the late eighteenth century, and situates their experience in the context of transatlantic culture and trade. A master storyteller takes his readers on a moving journey they will never forget.
"A cornerstone to my love-fabric": in which Henry Drinker woos Elizabeth Sandwith
"Tenderness, care, and anxiety" at home and abroad: in which the Drinkers embark on married life
"Obliged to wade through this sea of politics": in which the firm of James and Drinker flounders in storms of political protest
"Cruelty and oppression": in which Henry Drinker is arrested and sent into exile
"Inward and outward trials": surviving the Revolution
"The cause of humanity, as well as our interest": in which Henry Drinker reinvents himself as a moral architect
"Times are much changed, and maids are become mistresses": in which Elizabeth Drinker tries to fend off a domestic revolution
"A sense of affliction and grief": in which Elizabeth and Henry Drinker face new challenges to their family's survival
"To the place of fixedness": in which the Drinkers reach the end of their journey
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local notes:
Athenaeum copy: Gemmill fund bookplate.