Law and Gospel Order: resolving commercial disputes in colonial Philadelphia

  title={Law and Gospel Order: resolving commercial disputes in colonial Philadelphia},
  author={Esther Sahle},
  journal={Continuity and Change},
  pages={281 - 310}
Abstract Trade in the early modern Atlantic grew a great deal. While acknowledging that this growth had important economic, social and cultural consequences, scholars have yet to fully explain its causes. This paper argues that formal religious institutions were key. Based on records from colonial Philadelphia, it shows how the Quaker meeting created a legal forum to resolve commercial disputes. The meeting enforced its verdicts by gathering and disseminating information about disputes locally… Expand


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