Centered on faith, hard work, and the early stirrings of racial and sexual equality, the Shaker lifestyle was in many ways ahead of its time. But what was daily life like inside Shaker communities? Several years in the making, this program uses extensive archival footage integrated with reenactments and scholarly interviews to illustrate the Shakers' ordered, highly idealistic society. Visits to historic establishments in Pleasant Hill and South Union, Kentucky, shed light on distinctive Shaker crafts and architecture (churches, barns, houses, and furniture) as well as complex cultural and economic issues (financial management, dissolution of the traditional family structure, and more) that shaped the United Society of Believers.
Second Great Awakening (3:05) -- Shakers at Cane Ridge Revivals (2:44) -- Pleasant Hill Shaker Community (2:03) -- Shaker Community Structure (2:14) -- Alternative Religious Communities in America (2:55) -- Principle of Spiritual Equality (2:24) -- Equality in Shaker Community (2:06) -- Shaker Revenue (3:12) -- Dissent within Shaker Communities (4:30) -- Shaker Spirituality (3:29) -- Shaker Families (2:55) -- Questioning the Era of Peace (3:50) -- Membership in Alternative Religious Communities (3:51) -- Decline of Pleasant Hill (2:46) -- End of Shaker Communities (3:59) -- Reflection on the Shakers (2:59) -- Credits: Shaker Town: A More Perfect Order (1:23)
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