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Religion
    (1648- )
    Members of the Religious Society of Friends
    Founded in England by George Fox
    Divided into Hicksites, Gurneyites, Wilberites and Orthodox
    They prohibit alcohol.
    They strive to live a simple life.
    They are against holidays, sports, dancing, swearing, theater, wigs and jewelry.
    They got in trouble early on for refusing to pay taxes to the Church of England.
    They were very critical of Puritans and other powerful religious groups.
    As a result, hundreds of them died in English jails.
    They had separated into four different sects by the 20th century.
    They initially preferred using Old English (the use of 'thee' and 'thou' in place of 'you').
    Richard Nixon was a Quaker.
    They repeatedly called for an end to slavery.
    They have a reputation of being pacifists.
    They pray in silence and only speak if they feel moved by God.
    They do not believe in churches or elaborate ceremonies.
    They rely on their 'Inner Light' to resolve many of the Bible's contradictions.
    They were crucial to the success of the Underground Railroad, a system of helping slaves to escape to freedom in northern states.
    They believe everyone is equal under God.
    They were seen as dangerous heretics in the American colonies and were imprisoned, deported or hung as witches.
    William Penn, a Quaker, established Pennsylvania.
    They had many members who fought for women's suffrage, including Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott.
    They are respected for being industrious and having a high moral character.

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