Naked Quakers and other forgotten Americans—feisty, unruly and surprisingly irreverent—come to life in these true court cases from colonial New England. The title story involves a Quaker woman who walked into Puritan Sunday meeting and dropped her dress in front of the gathering, to protest actions of the colonial authorities.
Rapaport, a former trial lawyer, is an award-winning author, speaker and publisher. She brings history to life with true stories from colonial New England, and she uses her legal training to help people find ancestors and trace regional history in underutilized court records. Author of the acclaimed reference New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians, she also writes the “Tales from the Courthouse” column for New England Ancestors magazine.
“We 21st century citizens seem to pride ourselves on inventing vice, but as the true (and frequently peculiar) stories in Naked Quaker reveal, we’ve got nothing on our raucous ancestors! ... And here’s a mystery to ponder on your reading journey: which which of these colorful tales pertains to an ancestor of Barack Obama?” -- Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, co-author of Trace Your Roots with DNA, co-founder of Roots Television, and Chief Family Historian of Ancestry.com (littlebookworm)