North American readers may be interested in a current exhibition at New York State Museum showing the Shakers enormous influence on North American culture.
In the 1770s, the Shakers launched a revolution parallel to that of the North American colonists against British rule. As they sought religious freedom, Shakers’ spiritual beliefs and communal lifestyle set them in opposition to society. Later their product innovations and marketing skill seemed ‘revolutionary’ to the outside world.
The Shakers, America’s Quiet Revolutionaries runs until the 6th of March, 2016.