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The Shaker Experience in America: A History of the United Society of Believers [Hardcover]

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Pages   576
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.54" Width: 6.5" Height: 1.55"
Weight:   2.52 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 31, 1992
Publisher   Yale University Press
ISBN  0300051395  
EAN  9780300051391  

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This engrossing book is the first general history of the Shakers from their origins in eighteenth-century England to the present day. Drawing on written and oral testimony by Shakers over the past two centuries, Stephen J. Stein offers a full and often revisionist account of the movement: the powerful charismatic leaders, the years of maturation and growth before the Civil War, the subsequent decline in fortune, and its adjustments to twentieth-century society. Shattering the romantic myths that have been perpetuated about the Shakers, Stein portrays a group that is factious, practical, and fully human.

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the true word about the shakers  Aug 27, 2003
This book is for anyone who wants to understand "the shaker experience in America". I have to admit, it is a bit dry and text book like but this book is factual and dispells many myths that people have about the shakers. A must for anyone interested in this religion , in addition to visiting a Shaker site or museum collection
Necessary History  Aug 12, 2001
Ann Lee said "Do all your work as though you had a thousand years to live, and as you would if you knew you must die tommorrow." That sentiment carries much of the flavor of the American Shaker sect and acts as a guiding principle for understanding their history.

And that history is important, particularly if you want to understand the US during the nineteenth century. These highly successful communities managed to contribute to the fabric of a nation while living out their ideals of celibacy, simplicity of life, separation from the world, and community of goods. Industrialization and the US Civil War caused the circumstances that led to their inevitable decline, as the new country became more interested in class struggle than utopian visions.

Extremely interesting reading.

Excellant book, very interesting reading, informative  Dec 2, 1998
Having visited the Shaker Handcock site during 1997, I became interested in the Shaker experience. Found this publication to be well researched and written so that it kept ones interest and provided material that took the reader inside the whole concept and idea that they believed in. Would recomend this book to anyone with an open mind and who enjoys different subjects and views.
scholarly, perhaps too intellectualized, description  Jan 19, 1997
this is a very needed work gathering a great deal of the extant material on the Shakers, their origins, travels, history, contributions and legacy. I highly recommend this scholarly book. My chief criticism is that it is written in, perhaps, too erudite a fashion. It is certainly not geared to the "average" reader but it's intent does seem to be toward a more sophisticated audience. I did not care for the repetitive reminder of other Shaker written contributions that the author believes to be too romanticized. All in all, however, this book is very interesting

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