The State of Things
12:38 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

North Carolina Quakers During The Civil War

Max Carter, director of The Friends Center and Campus Ministry coordinator at Guilford College, joins host Frank Stasio as part of our series “North Carolina Voices: The Civil War.”

Did you know that Quakers were the first organized non-native religious group in the Carolinas? In the late 1600s, the governor and assembly of North Carolina were majority Quaker. Today, the Piedmont Triad has the largest concentration of Quakers in North America. But leading up to the Civil War, Quakers left the state in droves because of their opposition to slavery. During the war, their pacifism sent them north and west to free states. Greensboro’s Guilford College was first established as a boarding school in 1837 in order to maintain some Quaker presence in the state.

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