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The group started in England, UK in the 17th Century when Ann Standerin became noisy in church to the disapproval of others. The group were criticised and sometimes prosecuted for tumultuous behaviour in religious services but eventually emigrated to the United States after Standerin had a
hallucination vision telling her a place was prepared for the Shakers there. 
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Shakers were noted for very lively behavior during church services, shaking violently, speaking in tongues, etc. Shakers also believed in total abstinence (even husbands and wives were not allowed to roll in the hay), and it thus proved a fatal blow to them when adoption laws were changed so that religious organizations could no longer adopt children.
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One good point about the Shakers was that they believed in and practiced racial and sexual equality.