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The Shaker experience in America : a history of the United Society of Believers, Stephen J. Stein

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The Shaker experience in America : a history of the United Society of Believers
Title
The Shaker experience in America
Title remainder
a history of the United Society of Believers
Statement of responsibility
Stephen J. Stein
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Shakers, once a radical religious sect whose members were despised and harassed by their fellow Americans, have in recent years become celebrated--and sentimentalized--for their communal way of life, the simplicity of their worship, their belief in celibacy, pacifism, and equality of the sexes, and not least their superb furniture and handicrafts. This monumental 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: their charismatic leaders, the early years in revolutionary New York and New England, the expansion into the West, the maturation and growth of the sect before the Civil War, the decline in their fortunes after the war, the painful adjustments to society Shakers had to make during the first half of the twentieth century, the renaissance of interest after 1950, and the "forbidden topic" within contemporary Shakerism--the conflict between the two remaining villages at Canterbury, New Hampshire, and Sabbathday Lake, Maine. Stein provides many new interpretations of the Shaker experience. He reassesses the role of founder Ann Lee, emphasizes the impact of the western Shaker settlements on the course of the society's history, and describes the variety of cultural enterprises that have obscured the religious and historical dimensions of the Shakers. Throughout Stein places the Shaker experience within the wider context of American life and shows how the movement has evolved to deal with changing times. Shattering the romantic myth that has been perpetuated about the quaint and peaceful Shakers, Stein portrays a group that is factious, practical, and fully human
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1940-
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Stein, Stephen J.
Dewey number
289/.8/0973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BX9766
LC item number
.S74 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Shakers
  • Shakers
Label
The Shaker experience in America : a history of the United Society of Believers, Stephen J. Stein
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [521]-523) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pt. 1. A New and Strange Religion: The Age of the Founders, 1747-1787. Background. Beginnings in America. An Apostate's View. Ann Lee's Public Ministry: An Insider's View. The Teachings of the First Witnesses. The Close of the Age of the Founders -- Pt. 2. The Gathering and Building of the Church: The Establishment of the United Society, 1787-1826. The Beginnings of Communitarianism. The Ministration of Lucy Wright. Expansion into the West. The Origins of Shaker Theology. The Creation of a History. The Consolidation of the Millennial Church. The Close of the Formative Period -- Pt. 3. Too Much of the Wind, Fire, and Earthquake: The Maturation and Revitalization of the Society, 1827-1875. A New Generation of Leaders. The Economics of Community. The Social Situation. The Spiritualistic Revivals. The Legacy of the Manifestations. The Changing Situation. The View from the Outside. The Closing of the Middle Period -- Pt. 4. In the Van of an Advancing Host: The Transformation of the Society, 1876-1947. Declining Membership and Geographical Retreat. The Feminization of the Society. The World of Finance Capitalism. The Impact of Modern Thought and Life. Reconciliation with the World. Varieties of Religious Experience. The Issue of Decline -- Pt. 5. I Almost Expect to Be Remembered as a Chair: The Rebirth of Shakerism, 1948 to the Present. Waiting for the End. The Beginnings of a Shaker Revival. Controversy among the Believers. The Selling of the Shakers. The Ecumenical Shakers. The Shaker Myth: A National Treasure. Looking to the Future
Control code
24284630
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xx, 554 pages
Isbn
9780300051391
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91030836
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1461673
Label
The Shaker experience in America : a history of the United Society of Believers, Stephen J. Stein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [521]-523) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pt. 1. A New and Strange Religion: The Age of the Founders, 1747-1787. Background. Beginnings in America. An Apostate's View. Ann Lee's Public Ministry: An Insider's View. The Teachings of the First Witnesses. The Close of the Age of the Founders -- Pt. 2. The Gathering and Building of the Church: The Establishment of the United Society, 1787-1826. The Beginnings of Communitarianism. The Ministration of Lucy Wright. Expansion into the West. The Origins of Shaker Theology. The Creation of a History. The Consolidation of the Millennial Church. The Close of the Formative Period -- Pt. 3. Too Much of the Wind, Fire, and Earthquake: The Maturation and Revitalization of the Society, 1827-1875. A New Generation of Leaders. The Economics of Community. The Social Situation. The Spiritualistic Revivals. The Legacy of the Manifestations. The Changing Situation. The View from the Outside. The Closing of the Middle Period -- Pt. 4. In the Van of an Advancing Host: The Transformation of the Society, 1876-1947. Declining Membership and Geographical Retreat. The Feminization of the Society. The World of Finance Capitalism. The Impact of Modern Thought and Life. Reconciliation with the World. Varieties of Religious Experience. The Issue of Decline -- Pt. 5. I Almost Expect to Be Remembered as a Chair: The Rebirth of Shakerism, 1948 to the Present. Waiting for the End. The Beginnings of a Shaker Revival. Controversy among the Believers. The Selling of the Shakers. The Ecumenical Shakers. The Shaker Myth: A National Treasure. Looking to the Future
Control code
24284630
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xx, 554 pages
Isbn
9780300051391
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91030836
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1461673

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