The Essential Elias Hicks
In 1828, Elias Hicks was the best-known Quaker in the United States. He was a deep and original religious thinker, a commanding and compelling preacher, and though eighty years old, still a faithful traveling minister. Whenever God said, “Go!” he went.
If he is remembered at all today, it is for his role in the most traumatic events in the history of the Religious Society of Friends – a series of separations that split American Quakers into two hostile camps – one of which came to be called Hicksite.
Over the years, his memory has been lost to stories told by his friends and his opponents. Much of what people believe about him is false. The truth is, Elias Hicks was a minister, a mystic, a farmer, an environmentalist, an abolitionist, a father and a husband. This book aims to reveal the real Elias Hicks and his understanding of what it means to be a Quaker.