An independent scholar, GLENDYNE R. WERGLAND lives in Dalton, Massachusetts.
"We know very little about the lived experience of Shakerism from the individual's point of view. Youngs's numerous writings, both public and private, make it possible for Wergland to reconstruct a nuanced and detailed story of dedication mixed with occasional doubt." - Priscilla J. Brewer, author of Shaker Communities, Shaker Lives "The documentary base of this study is outstanding. Glendyne Wergland has immersed herself in the rich body of manuscripts produced by Isaac Youngs and also by his contemporaries as well as in the scholarly and popular literature concerning the Shakers. She has written a book that is accessible, clear, and full of details and commentary." - Stephen J. Stein, author of The Shaker Experience in America: A History of the United Society of Believers"