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History of the Shakers

The United Society of Believers (Shakers) was founded in Manchester England. Learn about how this religion was formed

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Shakerism in America

Shakerism was brought to the United States by Mother Ann Lee in 1774. Eventually there were 19 communities spread throughout the country

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Shaker Style

Shakers are renowned for their architecture and furniture. Learn about Shaker design characteristics and why they were instituted

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Utopias in America

Several Utopian societies were founded in the 19th century in the United States. Explore their histories and general philosophies

Last updated: March 5, 2018

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