The Shaker Experience in America: A History of the United Society of Believers

The Shaker Experience in America: A History of the United Society of Believers

by Stephen J. Stein
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300051395

ISBN-13: 9780300051391

Pub. Date: 05/28/1992

Publisher: Yale University Press

This engrossing 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: the powerful charismatic leaders, the years of maturation and growth before

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This engrossing 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: the powerful charismatic leaders, the years of maturation and growth before the Civil War, the subsequent decline in fortune, and its adjustments to twentieth-century society. Shattering the romantic myths that have been perpetuated about the Shakers, Stein portrays a group that is factious, practical, and fully human.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300051391
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1992
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.55(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
x(2)
List of Tables
xii(1)
Preface xiii(6)
Acknowledgments xix
PART ONE A New and Strange Religion: The Age of the Founders, 1747-1787 1(38)
Background
3(7)
Beginnings in America
10(5)
An Apostate's View
15(3)
Ann Lee's Public Ministry: An Insider's View
18(7)
The Teachings of the First Witnesses
25(7)
The Close of the Age of the Founders
32(7)
PART TWO The Gathering and Building of the Church: The Establishment of the United Society, 1787-1826 39(80)
The Beginnings of Communitarianism
41(8)
The Ministration of Lucy Wright
49(8)
Expansion into the West
57(9)
The Origins of Shaker Theology
66(10)
The Creation of a History
76(11)
The Consolidation of the Millennial Church
87(19)
The Close of the Formative Period
106(13)
PART THREE Too Much of the Wind, Fire, and Earthquake: The Maturation and Revitalization of the Society, 1827-1875 119(120)
A New Generation of Leaders
122(11)
The Economics of Community
133(15)
The Social Situation
148(17)
The Spiritualistic Revivals
165(19)
The Legacy of the Manifestations
184(16)
The Changing Situation
200(15)
The View from the Outside
215(7)
The Closing of the Middle Period
222(17)
PART FOUR In the Van of an Advancing Host: The Transformation of the Society, 1876-1947 239(116)
Declining Membership and Geographical Retreat
242(14)
The Feminization of the Society
256(16)
The World of Finance Capitalism
272(14)
The Impact of Modern Thought and Life
286(18)
Reconciliation with the World
304(16)
Varieties of Religious Experience
320(17)
The Issue of Decline
337(18)
PART FIVE I Almost Expect to Be Remembered as a Chair: The Rebirth of Shakerism, 1948 to the Present 355(88)
Waiting for the End
358(12)
The Beginnings of a Shaker Revival
370(14)
Controversy among the Believers
384(10)
The Selling of the Shakers
394(15)
The Ecumenical Shakers
409(13)
The Shaker Myth: A National Treasure
422(10)
Looking to the Future
432(11)
Abbreviations 443(2)
Notes 445(76)
Suggestions for Further Reading 521(4)
Index 525

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