Mother Ann Lee, founder of the Shakers, articulated a vision of a
community that embraced sacrifice over the needs of the individual;
the result was one of the most successful utopian experiments of
nineteenth-century America. The Shakers, an idealistic offshoot of
the ascetic Quaker religion, grew to as many as six thousand
members in nineteen communities reaching from New England to the
Midwest. Lee's experiment, focused mainly on simplicity,... more...