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Were the Shakers Successful?

They called themselves the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, but because of their ecstatic dancing, the world called them Shakers. Ken Burns creates a moving portrait of this particularly American movement, and in the process, offers us a new and unusually moving way to understand the Shakers.

Ed Nickles talks about the Shakers.
Ritual movements that evolved after Ann Lee's death.
The Shakers is a portrait of this particularly American movement.
Funding provided by: General Motors Corporation, CPB; PBS Independent Documentary Fund; the National Endowment for the Arts and Ford Foundation; New York Council for the Humanities; New Hampshire Council for the Humanities; Kentucky Humanities Council; and Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy.