By Robert P. Sutton
This vital research starts with America's first secular utopia at New concord in 1824 and strains successive utopian experiments within the usa during the following centuries. For the 1st time, readers will come to achieve that American communalism isn't really a disjointed, erratic, nearly ephemeral a part of our previous, yet has been an on-going, crucial a part of American historical past. we have now a communal utopian motif that units the background of the U.S. except the other kingdom. The utopian communal tale is only one different measurement of the Puritan idea that the United States used to be a urban upon a hill, a beacon mild to the entire international the place the precise society might be equipped and will flourish.
After discussing New concord and different Owenite groups, the writer examines 9 Fourierist utopias that have been outfitted sooner than the Civil battle. subsequent, he analyzes the 5 Icarian colonies that, jointly, have been the longest-lived, non-religious communal experiments in American background. Then, dialogue strikes to the seven Gilded Age socialist cooperatives, through the utopian groups created in the course of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. ultimately, Sutton turns to the hippie colonies and intentional groups of the final half the 20 th century.
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Communal Utopias and the American Experience: Secular Communities, 1824-2000 by Robert P. Sutton