Shaker Design

The Shakers are recognized today as one of America's most interesting communal religious societies. Thanks to the vigorous crop of books, articles, and exhibitions that have sprouted up since the Shakers' bicentennial celebration in 1974, most people think of them first and foremost as producers of simple and well-made furniture. But in their heyday from 1825 to 1845, they were better known for their original blend of celibacy and communalism, a deep commitment to Christian principles as practiced by Christ's disciples, and a worship service unique in civilized America for its group dancing, a sort of sacred line or circle dance that gave all members equal opportunity to express the Holy Spirit. This ecstatic dance scandalized many conventional observers, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charles Dickens.

With its backward-leaning rear legs and curved slats, the Enfield side chair shown at left was built for simplicity and comfort. The rush seats on early Shaker chairs like this one gradually gave way to canvas tape seating.

By the mid-19th Century, when the lithograph shown above was made, the frenetic dancing that once marked Shaker worship—and gave them their name —had been replaced with more reserved line dances. As in all Shaker activities, the sexes were strictly divided. The woman in stylish Victorian dress in the foreground was probably invited by the Shakers to observe their worship.

With its backward-leaning rear legs and curved slats, the Enfield side chair shown at left was built for simplicity and comfort. The rush seats on early Shaker chairs like this one gradually gave way to canvas tape seating.

By the mid-19th Century, when the lithograph shown above was made, the frenetic dancing that once marked Shaker worship—and gave them their name —had been replaced with more reserved line dances. As in all Shaker activities, the sexes were strictly divided. The woman in stylish Victorian dress in the foreground was probably invited by the Shakers to observe their worship.

The dining hall at the Pleasant Hill community in Harrodsburg, Ki ■ :ky.
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