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Sisters in the Faith: Shaker Women and Equality of the Sexes

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In 1788, the celibate Shakers attempted to institutionalize equality of the sexes in their theology, government, and daily practice. This study shows how Shaker women working together consolidated their gains and expanded their power. Drawing on Shaker journals and other primary documents, the book analyzes the division of labor between men and women in Shaker communities, showing that there was considerable cooperation and reciprocity, even though gender conflicts remained. Some areas explored are Shaker girlhood, the outside world's view of Shaker sisters, and the New Lebanon bonnet business. The book concludes that Shaker communities achieved a remarkable degree of gender equality for the time period, and that Shaker sisters had power and authority in their society from 1780 through the 19th century. The book includes b&w historical photos and a glossary of Shaker terms. Wergland has written a previous book on the Shakers. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Explores gender relations within a religious community that banned sex and marriage

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ISBN:
9781558498631
Author:
Wergland, Glendyne
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Author:
Wergland, Glendyne R.
Subject:
Religion Western-American Religion
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
248

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