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History Detectives | Universal Friends | PBS

Duration: 17:42
Program: History Detectives #811
Broadcast Date: Sep. 6, 2010

Our contributor has inherited a most unusual document. The yellow, three-page record dates 1791 and reads, "Act of Incorporation of the Universal Friends." The Universal Friends were an early, controversial religious group with a woman leader named Jemima Wilkinson, the first religion founded by an American born woman. Gwen Wright unravels the mysteries of this short-lived religious community.

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Post Date: May 16, 2011