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Quakers are Christians who belong to the Society of Friends. In some parts of the United States, the Society is called the Friend's Church. An Englishman, George Fox, started Quakerism in the 1640's. Fox believed that Christ had come 'to teach his people himself, and there was no need for priests, churches or organized prayer and services.

Quaker facts: George Fox

Quaker facts: George Fox

Quakers try to lead a simple life. They are noted for their efforts to relieve suffering and bring peace into the world, in accordance with Christ's teachings. Quakers believe that every man and woman receives 'an inward light' from the Holy Spirit. Because of this, Quakers are often left to make important decisions of conscience for themselves. Quakers regard every day as a holy day and also refuse to take oaths.

Quaker facts – they belief that all men and women are equal encouraged many Quakers to campaign for the abolition of slavery in the 1800's. Quakers have also been active in peace movements, because they regard wars as against God's will.

The Quakers' concern for people and for peace led them to set up organizations to help those in need. Friends' relief services helped millions of people in World Wars I and II. In 1947, the American and British Friends' Services received the Nobel Peace Prize.

In the I600's, English Quakers suffered from persecution and many went to America. In many American colonies (though not Rhode Island) they were again persecuted. In 1682, William Penn, a Quaker, set up a colony called Pennsylvania, where many Quakers settled. In 1960, the world's Quakers numbered more than 200,000. Over half were American. More Quaker facts you can find on this page, for example 

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