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Issachar Bates (1758-1837) was a Revolutionary War veteran in rural upstate New York who, at the age of forty-three, abruptly turned from his family life to become a celibate Shaker. He immediately became instrumental in Shakerism's westward expansion, and his personal charisma, persuasive preaching, and musical talent helped stimulate the movement's growth. Bates drew "western" converts in abundance, profoundly changing the character of Shakerism by increasing its geographic reach. He also helped shape the Shakers' unique theology and hymnody through his many influential texts and songs.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-13
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  1. Introduction: “Now here's my faith I’ll speak it plain”
  2. pp. xiii-xxii
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  1. 1. “Signs and Wonders”: Early Life, Spiritual Preparation, and the Coming of the Shakers
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. “Take the bloody track of war”: A Fifer in the American Revolution
  2. pp. 17-35
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  1. 3. “I’m journeying with those who I love in the flesh”: Issachar Bates as Husband and Provider
  2. pp. 36-60
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  1. 4. “A testimony as hot as flames”: Shaker Conversion and Early Travels
  2. pp. 61-81
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  1. 5. “Like God’s Hunters”: Seeking Kindred in the West
  2. pp. 82-103
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  1. 6. “Thorns and thistles did abound”: The Growth of the Shaker West
  2. pp. 104-129
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  1. 7. “What trials yet before us lay”: Tribulation on the Wabash
  2. pp. 130-153
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  1. 8. “And with much animation we lived at Busro”: An Elder in Indiana
  2. pp. 154-176
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  1. 9. “Remnant of the tribe of Issachar”: The Bates Kinship Network in the Shaker East
  2. pp. 177-201
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  1. 10. “The Cockatrice still wants a place in Zion’s lovely regions”: Transformations in the Shaker West
  2. pp. 202-227
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  1. 11. “Tribulation Worketh Patience”: A Bitter Close in the West
  2. pp. 228-256
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  1. 12. “So I’ll relinquish all demands”: Journey’s End at New Lebanon
  2. pp. 257-283
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  1. Epilogue: “Elder Issachar seems to be continually at hand”
  2. pp. 284-305
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  1. Appendixes
  2. pp. 307-347
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  1. Note on Sources
  2. pp. 349-351
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 353-404
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 405-413
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 415-424
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781611684087
Related ISBN
9781611684193
MARC Record
OCLC
849935772
Pages
424
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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