I define courtship as the discovery of a life-partner for a daughter under the direct oversight of the father. The Christian worldview, informed by Scripture, functions as our spectacles.
Is this the same criterion as set out before the discussion began?
The New York Peace Society, founded in 1815 by David Low Dodge, was the first official peace society in America, but the true story of pacifism should begin with certain Native Americans who wished to live in peace.
Since then, hundreds of peace groups and thousands of individuals have worked to promote peace and work against war, violence and injustice, following the voice of their consciences -- sometimes to the point of persecution and imprisonment.
Smaller sects -- the Shakers, Christadelphians, Rogerenes -- joined them soon after.
But America was not necessarily a safe haven for pacifists.