The Shaker Adventure Author:Marguerite Fellows Melcher This is the story of the most remarkable religious and social experiments ever attempted. Shakerism began in England in a spirit of revolt against religious, economic, and social ills. Ann Lee brought the movement to America when she set sail for New York in 1774, and, with the band of eight followers who had accompanied her, built the first Sha... more »ker community on a tract of wilderness near Albany, New York. Other communities sprang up in New York and New England, and, in spite of ecoomic hardship and harrowing persecutions, they survived.
This book describes the Shaker "experiment" from it's early, painful beginnings through the period of its greatest flowering - between 1825 and 1860 - to its eventual decline.« less