Shakers of Indiana: a West Union reader

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Cheryl Bauer
Little Miami Pub., 2008 - History - 187 pages
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Indian's little-known Shaker community is brought to life in the letters and diaries of Shakers of Indiana: A West Union Reader. Editor Cheryl Bauer has assembled a collection of rare Shaker documents as well as accounts by William Henry Harrison and other early nineteenth century visitors to the village that began in Knox County in 1808 and closed in 1826. Two hundred years after its founding, West Union retains two historic distinctions: it was the westernmost major Shaker village in the country and the Shaker community most directly affected by the War of 1812. West Union's complicated relationship with Native Americas and its position on the edge of the frontier forced the Shakers to Indiana during the early part of the war. They returned later to rebuild their community and even expand into Illinois, where they operated milling business for a few years. Written accounts by the Shakers and their contemporaries recreate the hardships and satisfactions of life on the Indiana prairie.

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