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The Shaker Experience in America: A History of the United Society of Believers Paperback – February 23, 1994
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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.
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Rich experience of the many Shaker communities . A valuable history of a misunderstood religious sect.Published 17 months ago by Carole A. Johnson
This book describes the Shaker life, but it did so in a way that seemed dry to me. I tried to read it for a college level course, but honestly did not make it all the way through. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Elaine M.
I am an employee at a Shaker Village and this is THE source if you want an accurate, concise history of the Shakers.Published on June 14, 2013 by Micajah Burnett
As someone who drank the Edward Deming Andrews cool-aid practically from birth, I was delighted to find a detailed, well-sourced account of what we can know about the Shakers from... Read morePublished on May 30, 2010 by M. Lucey Bowen