Historical Dictionary of the Shakers

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The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as the Shakers, followed Mother Ann Lee to the United States in 1774 when life in England became difficult. In the United States, they established several colonies whose governing principals included celibacy and agrarian communal living. Even at its peak, however, Shakerism claimed only about 4,500 members. Today, except for one active community in Sabbathday, Maine, the great Shaker villages are diminished, but the Shakers left an ...

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The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as the Shakers, followed Mother Ann Lee to the United States in 1774 when life in England became difficult. In the United States, they established several colonies whose governing principals included celibacy and agrarian communal living. Even at its peak, however, Shakerism claimed only about 4,500 members. Today, except for one active community in Sabbathday, Maine, the great Shaker villages are diminished, but the Shakers left an enduring impact on the religion and culture of the United States. The Historical Dictionary of the Shakers relates the history of this fascinating group through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over two hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on Shaker communities, industries, individual families, and important people. Every definition, biography, and point of history was submitted to the Shakers at Sabbathday Lake for their review before it was included for publication. As such, the voice of the contemporary Shakers is found in the dictionary, and they have given it their unequivocal endorsement.

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American Reference Books Annual
Clearly written, the work adheres to a standard format for studies in this series....gives a good overview of the origins, growth, and decline of the group....anyone interested in this country's religious history will find this a useful and reliable guide...high school and university libraries should consider it for their reference collections.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
Clearly written, the work adheres to a standard format for studies in this series....gives a good overview of the origins, growth, and decline of the group....anyone interested in this country's religious history will find this a useful and reliable guide...high school and university libraries should consider it for their reference collections.
January 2009 Booklist
The new text, endorsed by the Sabbathday Lake Shakers, is essential for religious-studies and social-science courses studying Shakers.
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Meet the Author

Stephen J. Paterwic has been studying the Shakers for 40 years.

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Table of Contents


Editor's Foreword   Jon Woronoff     xi
Endorsement   Sabbathday Lake Shakers     xiii
Preface     xv
Chronology     xvii
Introduction     xxv
The Dictionary     1
Appendixes
List of Those Who Served in the Gospel Ministry     255
Covenant or Constitution of the Church of the United Society in the Town of New Gloucester, 3 December 1832     262
Conditional, Probationary, or Novitiate Covenant     276
Current Rules Governing How the Shakers Live     278
Daily Schedule of a Shaker     289
Format of a Shaker Worship Service     291
Bibliography     293
About the Author     326
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