Synopses & Reviews
"... an excellent collection of writings covering the period 1774-1854... mostly in print for the first time.... Humez provides excellent and clear introductions, emphasizing the ambiguous role of women."
A fascinating introduction to the world of the early Shakers, this anthology documents the contributions to Shaker religion made by women during its first seventy years.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -282) and index.
About the Author
JEAN M. HUMEZ is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the editor of Gifts of Power: The Writings of Rebecca Jackson, Black Visionary, Shaker Eldress.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. Stein
A Note on Manuscript Sources and Abbreviations
1. "A Mother in Divinity": Ann Lee Imagery and Narrative, 1808-1851
Healing Stories by Women (1808)
Testimonies of Ann Lee's Followers (1816)
Ann Lee's Own Personal Experience Narratives, as Remembered by Her Followers (1816)
Narrative of the Journey through New England (1816)
Women's Testimonies in Defense of Ann Lee (1827)
Jemima Blanchard's Stories as Recalled by Roxalana Grosvenor (1836)
Elizabeth Wood's Testimony (1851)
2. "Your Parent in the Gospel": The Sayings and Correspondence of Lucy Wright
Words Spoken by Mother Lucy...March 25th, 1815
Accounts of Two Visits with Mother Lucy Wright
Sayings of Mother Lucy at Watervliet (1816)
Sayings of Mother Lucy from Eldress Betsy Harrison's Book
Counsel and Instruction Given by Mother Lucy...
Mother Lucy's Last Visit to Watervliet
3. "Poor Child in a Distant Land": Selected correspondence of Shaker Sisters, West and East, 1805-1835
4. "The Heavens Are Open": Women's Perspectives on Midcentury Spiritualism
The Onset of the Revival (Watervliet Church Family Meeting Journal, (1838- 1840)
A Visionary Dream Concerning Ann Eliza Goodwin (1840)
Mother Lucy's Word to the Sisters (1841)
Visits from ALien Spirits at Watervliet (Church Family Meeting Journal, 1842-1843)
The Hancock Sweeping Gift (1843)
Hancock Mountain Meeting (1843)
Holy Mother Wisdom's Fold (n.d.)
Paulina Bate's Divine Book of Holy and Eternal Wisdom (1849)
Mary Hazzard's "Precious Crumbs of Heavenly Food..." (1839-1842)
New Year's Verses for the New Lebanon Sisters (1846)
A Selective Bibliography of Published Sources