This LibGuide includes information and resources for the study of the history, politics, economics, and conditions of the Transatlantic Slave Trade that took place across the Atlantic Ocean from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
BENJAMIN LAY: The Quaker Comet and Old Time Radical Non-Violence
Benjamin Lay (1682–1759) was a Quaker philanthropist and abolitionist.
His passionate enmity of slavery fueled by his Quaker beliefs, Lay made several dramatic demonstrations against the practice, the most notable at the 1738 Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Quakers. Dressed as a soldier, he concluded a diatribe against slavery by plunging a sword into a Bible containing a bladder of blood-red pokeberry juice, which spattered over those nearby.