Issachar Bates: A Shaker's Journey (Paperback)

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Winner of the Communal Studies Association book award (2014)

Issachar Bates (1758-1837) was a Revolutionary War veteran in rural upstate New York who, at the age of forty-three, abruptly turned from his family life to become a celibate Shaker. He immediately became instrumental in Shakerism's westward expansion, and his personal charisma, persuasive preaching, and musical talent helped stimulate the movement's growth. Bates drew "western" converts in abundance, profoundly changing the character of Shakerism by increasing its geographic reach. He also helped shape the Shakers' unique theology and hymnody through his many influential texts and songs.

About the Author

CAROL MEDLICOTT is an associate professor of history and geography at Northern Kentucky University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781611684346
ISBN-10: 161168434X
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication Date: June 11th, 2013
Pages: 424
Language: English