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First Meeting

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7 p.m.


  1. First book — an introduction to it
  2. What books we want to read next

First Book

*Inviting all of Burlington to read it with us

The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist (Beacon Press, 2017)

by Marcus Rediker, Professor of Early American History, Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh





Rediker chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular man—a Quaker dwarf who demanded the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world. Mocked and scorned by his contemporaries, Lay was unflinching in his opposition to slavery, often performing colorful guerrilla theater to shame slave masters, insisting that human bondage violated the fundamental principles of Christianity. He drew on his ideals to create a revolutionary way of life, one that embodied the proclamation “no justice, no peace.”

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