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The New England Non-Resistance Society was an American peace group. It was founded at a special peace convention organized by William Lloyd Garrison, in Boston in September 1838. It was one of the more radical of the many organizations he founded, adopting a Declaration of Sentiments of which he was the principal author, pledging themselves to deny the validity of social distinctions based on race, nationality or gender", refusing obedience to human governments, and opposing even individual acts of self-defense. The Society rejected loyalty to any human government; one historian has described the Non-Resistance Society's "basic outlook as that of philosophical anarchism".
The declaration was signed by 44 people, of whom 20 were women. Maria Chapman became the editor of its publication, The Non-Resistant , which started publication in 1839. The first annual meeting was held in Philadelphia, Sept 24-27, 1839. Members of the Non-Resistance Society included, in addition to Garrison and Chapman, Henry Clarke Wright, Adin Ballou, Amasa Walker, Stephen Foster and Sarah and Angelina Grimké.
The Non-Resistance Society held its last meeting in 1849.
The organization has been considered by one historian to be a "relatively exclusive vehicle of the radical [Boston] upper class"
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