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By Robert P. Sutton

This vital examine starts off with America's first secular utopia at New concord in 1824 and strains successive utopian experiments within the usa in the course of the following centuries. For the 1st time, readers will come to gain that American communalism isn't a disjointed, erratic, nearly ephemeral a part of our prior, yet has been an on-going, crucial a part of American heritage. now we have a communal utopian motif that units the background of the us except the other country. The utopian communal tale is only one different measurement of the Puritan idea that the USA was once a urban upon a hill, a beacon mild 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 equipped ahead of the Civil struggle. 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, by way of 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 1/2 the twentieth century.

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