Show Notes – The Naked Quaker with Diane Rapaport

The Naked Quaker with Diane Rapaport on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some notes on items that were mentioned during the 20 September 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Diane Rapaport, author of the Naked Quaker.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

The Naked Quaker is readily available from online booksellers such as

Diane Rapaport’s other book is called New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians.

You can learn more about Diane by visiting her website or follow her on her Facebook page

For many years Diane wrote a column called “Tales from the Courthouse” which was first featured in New England Ancestors which later became American Ancestors. This publication is a membership benefit of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. In addition to the print magazine, members can search the online archive of American Ancestors to read Diane’s column. The magazine can also be found at many libraries and genealogical societies.

You can read an interview with Diane on the Bostonist website and another on

Check Diane’s schedule to see if she is speaking at a venue near you.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Naked Quaker is now Archived as a Podcast

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The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring author Diane Rapaport talking about her book The Naked Quaker is now available for download as a podcast.

The podcast can be played through the computer using your default media player or downloaded to iTunes (see below).

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Naked Quaker with Diane Rapaport

The Naked Quaker by Diane Rapaport
The Naked Quaker by Diane Rapaport

LIVE: THURSDAY, 20 September 2012 at 1:00pm EST

Listen in to Fieldstone Common this week as host Marian Pierre-Louis talks to author Diane Rapaport about her book The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England.

The word “Puritan” conjures up dour images of 17th-century New Englanders. We rarely think of Puritans as people who had fun, or sex. Our ancestors used different words, but human nature was not so different 350 years ago.

In the title story, a Quaker woman walks into Puritan Sunday meeting and drops her dress to protest actions of the colonial authorities. The Naked Quaker takes us into the lives of our ancestors, revealing how they behaved and spoke. A highway robber threatens his victim: “I will take you by your eyelids and make your heels strike fire!” A mysterious woman wields “enthusiastical power” over married men, who break the law to follow her.

author Diane Rapaport

Diane Rapaport, a former trial lawyer, has made a new career as a historical consultant, genealogist, award-winning author and popular speaker. She offers an unusual combination of expertise and experience—in law, history and genealogy—and she enjoys discovering and telling the stories of our past. She specializes in court records and other historical resources of New England, and her current research focuses on African Americans and Native Americans in the colonial period. She is also the author of New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians.

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis