The United Society of Believers in Christâ€™s Second Appearing, known as the Shakers or Shaking Quakers, is a religious sect originally thought to be a development of the Protestant Quakers. Founded upon the teachings of Ann Lee,
the group was known for their emphasis on social equality and rejection
of sexual relations, which led to their precipitous decline in numbers
after their heavy involvement in the running of orphanages was
curtailed. With few surviving members, Shakers today are mostly known
for their cultural contributions (especially style of music and
The Shakers were originally located and constructed in England in 1747, by Ann Lee. Both Quaker and Shaker groups believe that everybody could find God within him or herself, rather than through clergy or rituals. Lives should be dedicated to pursuing perfection and continuously confessing their sins and attempting a cessation of sinning.