Date of Award

1991

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

American New England Studies

First Advisor

Ardis Cameron

Second Advisor

Joseph Conforti

Keywords

Shakers - United States, Shakers - Public Opinion, Shakers - Influence

Abstract

Generations of Americans have been fascinated by a small religious group known as the Shakers. This thesis traces the evolution of the Shaker image through time. Much of the paper centers on the current view of the Shakers as a simple agrarian and non technological movement whose members live a stress free life.

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