Benjamin Lay, Ben Franklin, Ralph Sandiford, and Slavery in Colonial America

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Benjamin Lay was perhaps the most radical of the abolitionists in Early America. Too radical for even his Society of Friends, the Quakers, who censured him over his anti-slavery views. His story is tied to the 13 Original Colonies, particularly the Pennsylvania Colony, the American Revolution and Benjamin Franklin. A crusader against the enslavement of Africans, Benjamin Lay was far ahead of his time.

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Read The Friend: A Religious and Literary Journal of the Society of Friends, 1856.

Benjamin Franklin and his slaves:

Read about the “Bray School” for African Americans in the 1700s:

Read the anti-slavery book, A Brief Examination of the Practice of the Times (1729), by Ralph Sandiford:

Benjamin Lay’s radical tactics:

Read Benjamin Lay’s anti-slavery book, :

Quaker beliefs:

Quaker arrests

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