REVIEWS � 341 cacophony of unexpected voices competing for popular approval and proﬁt, using a range of slippery and conﬂicted forms. Considering such practices and discourses alongside more conventional kinds of cultural history archives, this book adds signiﬁcantly to our sense of trans- Atlantic popular performances, racial discourses, and national ideologies in the revolutionary Atlantic world. Peter P. Reed is associate professor of American literature at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Rogue Performances: Stag- ing the Underclasses in Early American Theatre Culture (London, 2009). Quakers and Abolition. Edited by Brycchan Carey and Geoffrey Plank. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014. Pp. 246. Cloth, $45.00.) Reviewed by Jane E. Calvert Quakers have long been acknowledged as an important part of the aboli- tionist movement. But ‘‘outside specialist circles,’’ as the editors of this important new volume explain, ‘‘the Quakers’ involvement in debates over slavery is underappreciated’’ (5). So is the complexity of their often- fraught relationship with abolitionism. Outsiders are often shocked that Quakers themselves owned slaves, held racist views, and were, at times, bitterly divided over abolition. This collection takes a broad approach to remedying these misunderstandings, with fourteen brief essays on a vari- ety
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