Elizabeth Edwards' diary entries are the heartbeat of the story, evoking imaginative detail of place and time, her motherly concern for her son, a soldier in the Union Army, and the quietly coded references to her political and spiritual activism. Early doctrine of the Quakers connected the dots between oppression, slavery and war. The Religious Society of Friends "opposed the binding character of authority," held that war was "incompatible with the Christian spirit," and that slavery "must be eradicated."
No Strangers Here Today is written in solidarity with the Ancestors who lived through those times and inspired this vision of vigilance against the tyranny of the ruling elite.
The Abolition of War is an essay that accompanies No Strangers and integrates the background of the story with a call to end war. The full essay is available on request.
"For those… who have seen with their own eyes the results of modern warfare,, the abolition of war is not to be dismissed as utopian. The abolition of slavery in the United States was seen that way, but a handful of black and white abolitionists would not give up, and they created a national movement powerful enough to turn a utopian dream into reality. We can also realize the dream of a world without war." ~ Howard Zinn, WWII pilot and historian
Here is a look at the Edwards’ farm:
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