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Shaker Villages

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Honesty and fairness in their dealings with the outside world has brought the Shakers, or "Shaking Quakers, " as they were originally called, a ready market for their sparsely designed furniture. In a detailed study of the only one of the nineteen Shaker communities still operated by living Shakers in the U.S., Randolph and Bolick provide a broad overview of Shaker history and an understanding of this unique American sect. Line drawings.

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Overview

Honesty and fairness in their dealings with the outside world has brought the Shakers, or "Shaking Quakers, " as they were originally called, a ready market for their sparsely designed furniture. In a detailed study of the only one of the nineteen Shaker communities still operated by living Shakers in the U.S., Randolph and Bolick provide a broad overview of Shaker history and an understanding of this unique American sect. Line drawings.

Discusses the origin and growth of the Shaker movement in America, the way of life of the Shakers, and the decline in their numbers.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-- This companion volume to Bolick and Randolph's Shaker Inventions (Walker, 1990) begins with a concise history of the movement and includes a lively discussion of its founder, Ann Lee. The beliefs regarding community, work, and religion are outlined, and an account of daily life in a typical Shaker village is given to help readers understand the group's unique lifestyle. The lucid, highly descriptive narrative detailing worship practices, dress, chores, and school creates a sense of place and helps produce a vivid image of an inviting refuge. The concluding examination of Shakers today paints a surprising picture of a modern group that, while still holding true to the basic tenets of its religion, has left part of its history behind in order to survive. This book has richer illustrations and a more complete map of Shaker history than the earlier title, and includes a helpful chart detailing the rise and decline of membership. While it is an excellent resource for reports, Shaker Villages is also an absorbing and enjoyable read. --Amy Baumann, Berne Knox Westerlo High School, NY
Chris Sherman
Bolick and Randolph offer more information about the history and beliefs of the United Society of Believers, the Shakers, than their book's title would suggest. Beginning with a brief biography of the group's founder, Mother Ann Lee, they trace a quest for spiritual satisfaction that would take Lee from England to the U.S., where 19 Shaker communities, with a total of nearly 6,000 members, would flourish by 1840. They explain the basic tenets of the Shaker faith, discuss how the worship services evolved over time, and describe village organization and architecture and the daily life of community members. The tone is generally admiring, but the authors do offer comments from observers who found the Shaker worship services and life-style odd. Although there is only one active Shaker community in existence today, the authors provide information on museums, exhibits, and restored villages that offer ample insight into one of the longest-lived communal societies in the world. Black-and-white drawings illustrate the text, and a detailed chronology is included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802782106
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 2/1/1993
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years

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