Benezet Society

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Benezet Society

Anthony Benezet (1713-1784) was a French Quaker who immigrated with his family to Pennsylvania in 1731. He became a schoolteacher and opened a night school for enslaved children in 1750. Twenty years later, with the support of the Society of Friends, he also established the Negro School in Philadelphia. Benezet was strongly opposed to slavery and his writings influenced Thomas Clarkson to become an abolitionist as well.

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  2. Introduction
  3. Celebrations in New York
  4. Celebrations in Philadelphia
  5. Celebrations in Boston
  6. Africa and Africans
  7. New Issues
  8. The End of the Celebrations
  9. The Legacy of the Celebrations
  10. Bibliography

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