The Community of True Inspiration, or Inspirationists, was one of the most successful religious communities in the United States. This collection offers a broad variety of Inspirationist texts, almost all of them translated from German and published here for the first time.
Editorial Selection and Textual Principles; Johann Beyer, Letter to Eben-Ezer Elders (1854); Jakob Scheuner, ‘A Brief Account of the Deceased Br. Samuel Scheuner’ (c. 1861); Gottlieb Scheuner, Memoir and Diary (1855–9); [George R. Babcock attrib.], ‘Ebenezer Land Sale Broadside’ (1856); [Various authors], Constitution and By-Laws of the Amana Society (1859); Christian Metz, Inspired Testimonies (1842–67); Christian Metz, ‘Rules and Regulations for the Communities’ (1866); John Beyer, Response to William Alfred Hinds (1876); Jakob Schumacher, ‘Diary, 1876–81’ (1876–81); Great Council of the Amana Society, ‘Minutes of the Great Council, 1846–1901’ (excerpts, 1883–1900); [Various authors], Amana Society Corporation News Bulletin (1932); Gottlieb Scheuner and Georg Heinemann, Excerpts from Inspirations Historie (1867–1924); Charles Julius Preter, Gottlieb Scheuner, Georg Heinemann and Christian Metz, Shaker and Inspirationist Letters and Communications (1846–96); August Koch, ‘Description of the Main Incidents That Have HappenedIn My Life’ (c. 1900); Richard T. Ely, ‘Amana: A Study in Religious Communism’ (1902); Henry G. Moershel, ‘Diaries 1903–1904’ (1903–4); Henry A. Wallace, ‘Visiting the Amana Society’ (1914); Peter Stuck, Essay on the Condition of the Amana Society (1928); William Noé and Peter Stuck, Letter and Ballot Sent to Members of the Amana Society (1931); [Committee of Forty-Seven], Plan of Reorganization of the Amana Society (1932); Editorial Notes; List of Sources; Index