Andrews, Edward Deming
Title PEOPLE CALLED SHAKERS, THE (Search for the Perfect Society)
Book Condition Like New
Publisher Dover Pub. 351 Pgs. 1963 1963
Seller ID 2060
Paperback. Like New. For 35 years, the author of this book as been a devoted student of the history, beliefs and ways of The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, better known as the Shakers. Out of his extensive research into manuscripts and primary sources and his conversations with friends in present-day Shaker communities has come a warm, illuminating history, the most thorough ever written on these pious humble people and the distinct impression they made on American life. The book opens with an introductory assessment of the Shaker contribution to the history of American social experimentation, as seen from the modern point of view. There follows the often amazing story of Ann Lee and the origins of the movement in 18th century England, its emigration to New England, the early Shaker experiments in communism, and the expansion to the American West. The author then pauses to examine in detail the ideology behind the Shaker dedication to physical labor; Shaker industry and design, including a discussion of the spare, utilitarian folk art so popular today; the highly formalized mode of worship, with its lively songs and dances and its often violent emotionalism; strange manifestations during the revival periods of the 1830's and 40's; the rigid internal organization of the Shaker community and its original economic and sociological theories; Shaker relations with the outside world; and the decline of the sect after the Civil War.
SHAKERS; ANDREWS, EDWARD; CHRISTIAN HISTORY