By Robert P. Sutton

This very important learn 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 a disjointed, erratic, virtually ephemeral a part of our previous, yet has been an on-going, crucial a part of American heritage. we have now a communal utopian motif that units the heritage of the USA except the other kingdom. The utopian communal tale is only one different measurement of the Puritan idea that the US used to be a urban upon a hill, a beacon gentle to all of the international the place the proper society will be equipped and will flourish.

After discussing New concord and different Owenite groups, the writer examines 9 Fourierist utopias that have been outfitted prior to the Civil battle. subsequent, he analyzes the 5 Icarian colonies that, jointly, have been the longest-lived, non-religious communal experiments in American historical past. Then, dialogue strikes to the seven Gilded Age socialist cooperatives, via 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 twentieth century.

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