For five days in May 1818, a mob set fear into the hearts of the Enfield, New Hampshire, Shakers. This little-known confrontation, provoked by two women whose husbands and children lived within the Enfield Shaker village, rallied public opinion against the Shakers and their way of life. The rare manuscript reprinted on the following pages records the Shakers’ account of the five-day mob, one of two lengthy Shaker recollections of this volatile event. Although written in the present tense, the document is retrospective and written after the conclusion of the mob, likely as part of the legal proceedings that followed.
American Communal Societies Quarterly