In Shaker Vision, Joseph Manca imagines the aesthetic world of the Shakers by listening to what the Shakers had to say about what they did, investigating what they saw, and compiling what outsiders had to say when they visited Shaker sites. He illuminates a world of contradictions through a variety of sources, including primary literature such as Shaker daybooks and journals, letters, narratives, and reports. The unique lens Manca recommends to the reader is the way the Shakers saw beauty.

This book is also about dichotomies. Shakers danced sensuously during their worship rituals, expressing emotional energy long contained. They also embedded their rituals with a profound, even...

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