We have just received the newest book by Professor Geoffrey Plank of UEA’s School of American Studies, John Woolman’s Path to the Peaceable Kingdom. Chances are you haven’t ever heard of John Woolman, but he definitely deserves attention! A Quaker, a hog producer, a tailor, a schoolteacher, shopkeeper and social critic, Woolman helped to pioneer the antislavery movement in colonial North America.
“A carefully researched and quietly brilliant work that provides a genuinely new perspective on a familiar figure in the history of antislavery. Plank finds in Woolman not only an early opponent of slavery but also an ardent critic of most every facet of commercial life in the Delaware Valley and, more generally, the British Empire.” –Christopher Brown, Columbia University
Visit the Norfolk Libraries catalogue to view and reserve John Woolman’s Path to the Peaceable Kingdom. Or, stop by to scoop it up from our New Books section!
Also, on Tuesday 20th November, Prof. Plank will be here in the Memorial Library with Dr. Ben Marsh presenting their talk “Ribbons Across the Atlantic–Blankets Over the Ocean” about the intertwining histories of Norfolk and North America as part of our 2012 Lecture Series. Please stay tuned for details; (free) tickets are already available in the Library.