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Quakerism is a belief which emerged from dissenting Protestantism in England during the 1640s under the influence of George Fox. Generally, they were opposed by the High Church Anglican establishment and some went to New England colonies such as Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. The Quakers were also strongly opposed by the Calvinist-inspired Puritans who saw them as too radical and subversive of society.

Quakers have a "testimony of equality" and consequently have been involved in various movements towards greater "equality".

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