• World of Trouble: A Philadelphia Quaker Family's Journey through the American Revolution

  • The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History
  • By: Richard Godbeer
  • Narrated by: Charles Henderson Norman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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World of Trouble: A Philadelphia Quaker Family's Journey through the American Revolution

By: Richard Godbeer
Narrated by: Charles Henderson Norman
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Publisher's summary

An intimate account of the American Revolution as seen through the eyes of a Quaker pacifist couple living in Philadelphia.

Historian Richard Godbeer presents a richly layered and intimate account of the American Revolution as experienced by a Philadelphia Quaker couple, Elizabeth Drinker and the merchant Henry Drinker, who barely survived the unique perils that Quakers faced during that conflict. Spanning a half-century before, during, and after the war, this gripping narrative illuminates the Revolution’s darker side as patriots vilified, threatened, and in some cases killed pacifist Quakers as alleged enemies of the revolutionary cause. Amid chaos and danger, the Drinkers tried as best they could to keep their family and faith intact.

Through one couple’s story, Godbeer opens a window on a uniquely turbulent period of American history, uncovers the domestic, social, and religious lives of Quakers in the late eighteenth century, and situates their experience in the context of transatlantic culture and trade. A master storyteller takes his listeners on a moving journey they will never forget.

The book is published by Yale University Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

©2019 Richard Godbeer (P)2020 Redwood Audiobooks
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“Meticulously researched, beautifully written, and a true pleasure to read.” (Sarah Crabtree, San Francisco State University)

“Offering an intimate and beautifully textured account of the lives of religious and political dissenters during the American Revolution.” (Jane E. Calvert, University of Kentucky)

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