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The Shakers

They called themselves the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, but because of their ecstatic dancing, the world called them Shakers. Ken Burns creates a moving portrait of this particularly American movement, and in the process, offers us a new and unusually moving way to understand the Shakers.
Season 1 Episode 1 Length 59:48 Premiere: 8/7/85

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Funding provided by: General Motors Corporation, CPB; PBS Independent Documentary Fund; the National Endowment for the Arts and Ford Foundation; New York Council for the Humanities; New Hampshire Council for the Humanities; Kentucky Humanities Council; and Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy.

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The Shakers

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They called themselves the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, but because of their ecstatic dancing, the world called them Shakers. Ken Burns creates a moving portrait of this particularly American movement, and in the process, offers us a new and unusually moving way to understand the Shakers.

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