West Windsor, N.J. – Sue Kozel, Senior Adjunct Professor in History at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), has published her first book, with co-editor Maurice Jackson (Georgetown University). Entitled Quakers and their Allies in the Abolitionist Cause, 1754-1808 (Routledge Press), the volume explores the significant connections between the Quaker community and the abolitionist cause in America, focusing on Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware.
The case studies that make up the collection mainly focus on the greater Philadelphia area, a hotbed of the abolitionist movement and the location of the first American abolition society founded in 1775. Despite the importance of Quakers to the abolitionist movement, their significance has been largely overlooked in the existing historical research. Five chapters of the book are dedicated to activities in New Jersey; one that is written by Kozel focuses on Quaker Richard Waln.