Single Brothers' House

Single Brothers' House


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1. In what ways is the building construction of the Single Brother's House distinctively German? How is the shift in materials between the original portion and the later addition typical of broader changes taking place in German culture in America?

2. How was this dormitory similar to and different from buildings of its type among Moravians in America and other German pietistic communities, particularly the Ephrata community of Pennsylvania?

3. Discuss the ways in which Moravians differed from other 18th-century Protestant traditions.

4. Discuss the importance of communitarian living in Moravian society. To what extent did this ideology change over time?

Single Brothers' House