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Inhaltsangabe: This revealing family story traces the history of the Folwell family from their Quaker roots in England to their arrival in America where they settled in the colony of West Jersey in 1678. Later in the 1750s, when the southern Jersey wilderness opened up, the Folwell family moved to Mullica Hill, where the heart of the story lies. As a family memoir, the book presents a detailed account of eight generations of Quaker Folwells in America among them a Quaker 49?er, a Civil War veteran, the prosperous owners of large Philadelphia woolen mills and a famous football coach. The story covers not only the Folwell family and their farms, but the Mullica Hill community from the early family farming days, through the author?s boyhood, when plows were still pulled by horses, through Depression-era struggles to keep the family estate and farms to the challenges presented to the author, a pacifist by WWII and his life beyond. This narrative, as charmingly told by Robert Cook Folwell III, is filled with anecdotes and personal reminiscences about a way of life that has all but disappeared. It is a colorful history of one family?s American experience which will be of interest to many who are discovering their family stories.

Über den Autor: Robert Cook Folwell III, born January 13, 1919, was the oldest of three sons of Elizabeth Sellers Pennock and Robert Cook Folwell, Jr., a famous football coach. He grew up in the southern New Jersey farm town of Mullica Hill, where seven generations of Quaker Folwells had lived. At age eight, his boyhood, which he remembered so vividly, was marred by the death of his father. Bob attended Westtown School, which he credited with changing his life and enabling him to attend college. After graduating from Haverford College, Bob, a staunch pacifist, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 because felt he had to serve his country. He was sent to the Far East as a front line medic doing public information in the Philippines and Japan. The poverty and injustice he encountered there did much to shape his future life. Discharged in 1947, Bob worked for a broad spectrum of peace and progressive causes as an organizer and lobbyist during the next three decades. He was a one of the first organizers of the Powelton Village Development Corporation, which renovated properties in an integrated residential community in West Philadelphia, where he lived with his wife and adopted interracial son. Elected Democratic committeeman in West Philadelphia, he campaigned for Dilworth during the reform years. He opposed the loyalty oath during the McCarthy years, organized large public forums at the Academy of Music during the outbreak of the Korean War and was a lobbyist for the Philadelphia Hospital Council, directing a campaign to win state aid for indigents. Bob was Founding Director and first Executive Secretary of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. A life-long Quaker, Bob¹s commitment to equality, peace and the social justice was reflected in his membership on the boards of numerous Friends organizations and progressive initiatives. He had a career in public relations and fund raising, working as a public information officer for Rohm & Haas and several regional planning groups and formed Folwell-Sennott Associates, fund raising consultants to small non-profit agencies. Bob was Adjunct Professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, teaching and mentoring many prospective fund-raisers. After living in Philadelphia for 40-plus years, he married Kathleen Pokstefl in 1991 and moved to Wayne, PA. In later years, he put much of his spirit into writing letters, memoirs and family histories. Bob died of cancer on January 10, 2005.

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