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The Shaker's Guide to Good Manners

Edited by Flo Morse, Vincent Newton
Foreword by Flo Morse
Book cover for The Shaker's Guide to Good Manners by Flo Morse
The intimate guide to life as a Shaker in 19th century America

"Never make more free with your inferiors than you are willing they should make with you; it learns them to be saucy." Such sage words of advice come from Mother Ann Lee's Society of the Shakers, who in 1844 published A Juvenile Guide, or Manual of Good Manners, Consisting of Counsels, Instructions,&Rules of Deportment for the Young . Known for their piety, their economy, and (perhaps most famously) their celibacy, the Shakers knew a thing or two about etiquette and proper decorum. With this incredible artifact of a bygone era, you can experience what it was like to live in a rural 19th century religious community, where children were taught to "be careful not to talk too loud, nor too much" and to "always have a place for every thing, and keep every thing in its place."
February 2017
978-1-58157-499-9
5.7 x 6.8 | 96pp | Hardcover |
25 b&w photographs
$14.95 (US)
$19.95 (CA)
About the Author
Flo Morse, a former writer for the New York Herald Tribune, has been called “a caring spokesperson” for the Shaker community. She lives with her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Flo Morse, a former writer for the New York Herald Tribune, has been called “a caring spokesperson” for the Shaker community. She lives with her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico