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In Massachusetts were Hancock, Harvard; Shirley and Tyringham Shaker Villages.Other locations were Enfield Shaker Villages in Connecticut and New Hampshire; Canterbury; and in Maine the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester and Alfred Shaker Historic District.They practice a celibate and communal lifestyle, pacifism, and their model of equality of the sexes, which they institutionalized in their society in the 1780s.They are also known for their simple living, architecture, and furniture.Since they were only imprisoned because of their faith, this raised sympathy of citizens and thus helped to spread their religious beliefs.
They were initially known as "Shaking Quakers" because of their ecstatic behavior during worship services.
After Ann Lee and James Whittaker died, Joseph Meacham (1742–1796) became the leader of the Shakers in 1787.
He had been a New Light Baptist minister in Enfield, Connecticut, and was reputed to have, second only to Mother Ann, the spiritual gift of revelation.
From that day I have been able to take up a full cross against all the doleful works of the flesh.
Having supposedly received a revelation, on May 19, 1774, Ann Lee and eight of her followers sailed from Liverpool for colonial America.
This group of "charismatic" Christians became the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing (USBCSA), or the Shakers.