Issachar Bates: A Shaker’s Journey by Carol Medlicott (review)

Issachar Bates: A Shaker’s Journey by Carol Medlicott (review) REVIEWS A region typically neglected by scholars emerges in Balik's able hands as a spiritual microcosm of the sprawling, migratory early republic. Na than S. R ive s is adjunct assistant professor of history at Weber State University. He is working on a book manuscript on the politics of religious truth and error in early national New England. Issachar Bates: A Shaker's Journey. By Carol Medlicott. (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2013. Pp. 424. Cloth, $85.00; paper, $40.00; ebook, $39.99.) Reviewed by Bret E. Carroll Once either overshadowed by their handicrafts or simplistically idealized as orderly communalists, the Shakers have in recent decades been revealed by Priscilla Brewer, Stephen Stein, and others as a contentious people struggling to keep their movement vigorous as they sought unity among their far-flung communities and contended with ongoing crises of leadership and apostasy. Still more recently, a wave of biographical analysis featuring work by Jean Humez, Richard Williams, Elizabeth De Wolfe, and Glendyne Wergland has further demythologized the Shakers by exploring their inner lives. Carol Medlicott's biography of western Shaker leader Issachar Bates reflects and advances this historiographical trajectory. A historical geographer by training, Medlicott initially approached Shakerism with the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Issachar Bates: A Shaker’s Journey by Carol Medlicott (review)

Journal of the Early Republic, Volume 35 (3) – Aug 18, 2015

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REVIEWS A region typically neglected by scholars emerges in Balik's able hands as a spiritual microcosm of the sprawling, migratory early republic. Na than S. R ive s is adjunct assistant professor of history at Weber State University. He is working on a book manuscript on the politics of religious truth and error in early national New England. Issachar Bates: A Shaker's Journey. By Carol Medlicott. (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2013. Pp. 424. Cloth, $85.00; paper, $40.00; ebook, $39.99.) Reviewed by Bret E. Carroll Once either overshadowed by their handicrafts or simplistically idealized as orderly communalists, the Shakers have in recent decades been revealed by Priscilla Brewer, Stephen Stein, and others as a contentious people struggling to keep their movement vigorous as they sought unity among their far-flung communities and contended with ongoing crises of leadership and apostasy. Still more recently, a wave of biographical analysis featuring work by Jean Humez, Richard Williams, Elizabeth De Wolfe, and Glendyne Wergland has further demythologized the Shakers by exploring their inner lives. Carol Medlicott's biography of western Shaker leader Issachar Bates reflects and advances this historiographical trajectory. A historical geographer by training, Medlicott initially approached Shakerism with the

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