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Issachar Bates
A Shaker’s Journey
Carol Medlicott

University Press of New England
2013 • 448 pp. 31 illus., 27 musical examples, 1 table 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-434-6
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-419-3

$39.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-408-7

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(Cloth edition is un-jacketed.
Cover illustration is for paperback edition only)

“The text is accessible to any student or scholar interested in the Early Republic, daily life of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, and Shakerism.” —Nova Religio

A biography of a key western Shaker in early America

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.

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“This biography is so rich and multi-dimensional that it becomes far more than simply a contribution to Shaker studies In particular, it should have special appeal to anyone interested in pioneer life on the midwestern frontier, the dynamics of religious revivalism during the Second Great Awakening, and the development of religious music during the early nineteenth century.”—Indiana Magazine of History


“Carol Medlicott’s choice to allow Bates to speak for himself through his autobiography, poetry, and music gives her fine biography a wonderful sense of immediacy.” —Andrew Cayton, Miami University, Ohio

“How a rough-talking, hard-drinking ex-soldier became a Shaker preacher is an intriguing story, and Carol Medlicott has done it justice. Her biography of Issachar Bates will add immeasurably to our understanding of Issachar Bates’s life and times, and his significance to western Shakerism.” —Glendyne Wergland, author of Sisters in the Faith: Shaker Women and Equality of the Sexes


Winner of the 2014 Communal Studies Association book award.

CAROL MEDLICOTT is an associate professor of history and geography at Northern Kentucky University.

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