© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.


Songwriter, Joseph Brackett, Jr.

Brackett was an elder in the Shaker community at Alfred, Maine.

Aaron Copland

The 20th-century American composer revived the Shaker song “Simple Gifts” by placing it within his score for Appalachian Spring, a 1944 ballet.

Shaker Furniture

Shaker furniture was designed with the belief that “beauty rests on utility.”

Shaker Dance

The well-known lithographer D.W. Kellogg prepared this lithograph.

More Shaker Dance

A visitor prepared this sketch in the 1840s.

Original Community, ca. 1870

The Watervliet Shaker village was the site of the original Shaker community (then labeled Niskeyuna).

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...