A biographical essay on visionary Shaker Malcham Worley. Having recently completed Richard McNemar: Frontier Heretic and Shaker Apostle (forthcoming from Indiana University Press), I decided to keep going and complete a smaller look at the life of his longtime companion. The primary sources for the two were intertwined, so it was a natural by-product of the process. I hope my essay sheds further life on the inspired and complicated life of the first Shaker convert west of the Appalachians.
American Communal Societies Quarterly
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