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        Images of Shaker Life | Ken Burns: The Shakers

         

        The Shakers are a Christian religious sect that was founded in England by a woman named Anne Lee who believed the Christ communicated to her directly through visions. Lee came to America with fellow pilgrims in 1774 and spread her religion. In 1840, the Shakers numbers more than 6,000 followers across communities in New England, Ohio, and Kentucky. Their communities emphasized equality, celibacy, and communal work and they are known for their simple life, furniture, crafts, and villages. The sect has only a few followers left today. View images of Shaker clothing, dance, villages, and furniture.

        Sister's Cloak and Bonnet | Ken Burns: The Shakers

        Sister's Cloak and Bonnet, Shaker Village, Hancock, Massachusetts. Credit: Jerome Liebling, Florentine Films.

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        Shaker Sisters Demonstrate Dance Positions | Ken Burns: The Shakers

        Shaker sisters demonstrate dance positions. Photo credit: Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, Massachusetts.

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        Mount Lebanon Shaker Village | Ken Burns: The Shakers

        Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, New York. Source: Shaker Museum, Old Chatham, New York.

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        Round Barn and Poultry House | Ken Burns: The Shakers

        Round Barn and Poultry House, Shaker Village, Hancock, Massachusetts. Credit: Ken Burns, Florentine Films.

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        Blacksmith's Shop | Ken Burns: The Shakers

        Blacksmith's shop, Shaker Village, Hancock, Massachusetts. Credit: Ken Burns, Florentine Films.

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        Eldress Bertha Lindsay | Ken Burns: The Shakers

        Eldress Bertha Lindsay. Photo credit: Jerome Liebling, Florentine Films.

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        Shaker Chair | Ken Burns: The Shakers

        Shaker Chair, Shaker Village, Hancock, Massachusetts. Photo credit: Ken Burns, Florentine Films.

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        Stairway to Fifth Floor Attic | Ken Burns: The Shakers

        Stairway to fifth floor attic. Shaker Village, Hancock, Massachusetts. Photo credit: Ken Burns, Florentine Films.

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        Eldress Gertrude Soule | Ken Burns: The Shakers

        Eldress Gertrude Soule. Photo credit: Jerome Liebling, Florentine Films.

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