Women and American Religion
An old African-American churchgoers' saying rings true for most religious denominations in the United States: Women are the backbone of the church. For centuries, women have been the majority of members in almost all religious groups. They provide essential financial and social support and work tirelessly in the background of all church-based activities. Yet it is largely men who occupy the high rungs of church hierarchy, and they are the ones who get most of the credit. Ann Braude examines the important role of women in American religious history, focusing on their recent admission to public religious leadership and their fight for equal rights and recognition through the centuries. Both noted and little known women--such as Margaret Winthrop, Jarena Lee, Mary Baker Eddy, Henrietta Szold, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Mary Daly--spring to life in the pages of this thorough, passionate book.
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The Shakers were founded by Ann Lee , an English Quaker who arrived in the
British colonies with her husband in 1774 . ... the group was known as the
Shakers because of the rhythmic dancing that formed part of their weekly worship
She called on those who would live a godly life to abandon their former ways and
join Shaker communities , where members held property ... At its height , from
1830 to 1850 , about 6 , 000 Shakers lived in 19 communities across the country .
Ann Braude, Jon Butler, Harry S. Stout. Members of the United Society of
Believers in Christ ' s Second Appearing ( Shakers ) kneel at prayer . Shaker men
and women were usually separated in worship , work , and daily life . The
Shakers , in ...
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A brisk, informative history of the myriad roles women have played in America's religious history. Braude (Harvard Divinity School) has difficult tasks in this slim, generously illustrated volume: to ... Read full review