Road Through a Home A History of the Bush River Quaker Settlement in Colonial South Carolina

Teanu Reid

Abstract


A study of culture in colonial and early 19th century South Carolina offers valuable insight into the lives and practices that defined the various groups of the colony, and how these groups were impacted by the development of the new nation. This paper will answer the question of how the intersections between Quaker and South Carolinian culture affected the Quaker communities, culture, and faith in Bush River. Completing a study of the Bush River Quaker community and the larger South Carolinian community, will show how transatlantic migration transformed the original principles of settlers into something new and “American”. Quakers in colonial South Carolina are the focus of this paper because they kept detailed records and maintained a large correspondence network between the other Quaker communities in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. My paper will rely on primary texts, such as the meeting minutes of the Bush River Quakers, for information on the South Carolinian and Quaker cultures. I will also utilize secondary sources, such as George Fox and Early Quaker Culture and Unification of a Slave State, for analysis. The goal of this paper is to show that when the Quakers migrated to colonial South Carolina, the dominant culture of opulence and dependence of slave labor divided, and then caused the relocation of, the Bush River Quakers.


Keywords


Quakers, antislavery, migration

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