O Sisters Ain't You Happy? by Suzanne Ruth Thurman
Gender, Family, and Community Among the Harvard and Shirley Shakers, 1781-1918 (Women and Gender in North American Religions)

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In her account of the founding, golden years, and eventual demise of the two Massachusetts villages, Thurman (history, U. of Alabama- Huntsville) augments the narrative history with discussion of how gender, family, and community functioned in them. They were founded by English-born visionary Ann Lee. She called her sect the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, but they were commonly known as Shakers or Believers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Thurman teaches history at the University of Alabama, Huntsville.
Published December 1, 2001 by Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd). 208 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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This well-researched study offers a detailed, focused history of two Shaker villages in Massachusetts while at the same time challenging and qualifying theories that have governed the discipline of Shaker history as a whole.

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