Mr. Lincoln's Chair: The Shakers and Their Quest for Peace (Paperback)
The Shakers and Their Quest for Peace
McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company, 9780939923946, 196pp.
Publication Date: March 20, 2009
The book tells the story of the Shakers from their tumultuous beginnings in the eighteenth century to the present day. It provides a broad overview of Shaker history, culture, religion, life, and work, and presents the Shakers against the backdrop of the Civil War, contrasting their peaceful and productive lives with the carnage of America's bloodiest battles. The book details the Shakers' struggle to obtain legal conscientious objector status, a quest that led them all the way to the White House and an audience with President Abraham Lincoln.