We are pleased to present here for the first time in print MacDonald’s previously unpublished accounts of his visits to Union Village, Ohio (1844) and Watervliet, New York (1847). Both are remarkably rich in detail and offer particularly striking descriptions of Shaker worship and singing. Yale’s excellent collections landing page for the A. J. MacDonald writings on American Utopian Communities (GEN MSS 1394) provides a thorough overview of MacDonald and his collection. We have reprinted it here as a preface to the accounts.
American Communal Societies Quarterly
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