America's Communal Utopias

ISBN-10: 0807846090
ISBN-13: 9780807846094
Edition: 1997
Description: From the Shakers to the Branch Davidians, America's communal utopians have captured the popular imagination. Seventeen original essays here demonstrate the relevance of such groups to the mainstream of American social, religious, and economic life.  More...
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Copyright Year: 1997
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: 5/26/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

From the Shakers to the Branch Davidians, America's communal utopians have captured the popular imagination. Seventeen original essays here demonstrate the relevance of such groups to the mainstream of American social, religious, and economic life. The contributors examine the beliefs and practices of the most prominent utopian communities founded before 1965, including the long-overlooked Catholic monastic communities and Jewish agricultural colonies. Also featured are the Ephrata Baptists, Moravians, Shakers, Harmonists, Hutterites, Inspirationists of Amana, Mormons, Owenites, Fourierists, Icarians, Janssonists, Theosophists, Cyrus Teed's Koreshans, and Father Divine's Peace Mission. Based on a new conceptual framework known as developmental communalism, the book examines these utopian movements throughout the course of their developmentbefore, during, and after their communal period. Each chapter includes a brief chronology, giving basic information about the group discussed. An appendix presents the most complete list of American utopian communities ever published. The contributors are Jonathan G. Andelson, Karl J. R. Arndt, Pearl W. Bartelt, Priscilla J. Brewer, Donald F. Durnbaugh, Lawrence Foster, Carl J. Guarneri, Robert V. Hine, Gertrude E. Huntington, James E. Landing, Dean L. May, Lawrence J. McCrank, J. Gordon Melton, Donald E. Pitzer, Robert P. Sutton, Jon Wagner, and Robert S. Weisbrot.

Paul S. Boyer, Merle Curti Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. An editor of NOTABLE AMERICAN WOMEN, 1607-1950 (1971), he also co-authored SALEM POSSESSED: THE SOCIAL ORIGINS OF WITCHCRAFT (1974), for which, with Stephen Nissenbaum, he received the John H. Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association. His other works include URBAN MASSES AND MORAL ORDER IN AMERICA, 1820-1920 (1978), BY THE BOMB'S EARLY LIGHT: AMERICAN THOUGHT AND CULTURE AT THE DAWN OF THE ATOMIC AGE (1985), WHEN TIME SHALL BE NO MORE: PROPHECY BELIEF IN MODERN AMERICAN CULTURE (1992), and PROMISES TO KEEP: THE UNITED STATES SINCE WORLD WAR II (3e, 2003). He is also editor-in-chief of the OXFORD COMPANION TO UNITED STATES HISTORY (2001). His articles and essays have appeared in the "American Quarterly," "New Republic," and other journals. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles; Northwestern University; and the College of William and Mary.

Foreword
Notes
Preface
Introduction
Communitarian Societies in Colonial America
The Shakers of Mother Ann Lee
George Rapp's Harmony Society
The New Moral World of Robert Owen and New Harmony
Heart and Mind: Communal Life and Values among the Mormons
Brook Farm and the Fourierist Phalanxes: Immediatism, Gradualism, and American Utopian Socialism
The Community of True Inspiration from Germany to the Amana Colonies
Religious Orders and Monastic Communalism in America
Free Love and Community: John Humphrey Noyes and the Oneida Perfectionists
An American Elysium the Icarian Communities
Eric Jansson and the Bishop Hill Colony
Living in the Ark: Four Centuries of Hutterite Faith and Community
American Jewish Agricultural Colonies
Introduction
Conclusions
Notes
Notes
Cyrus Reed Teed and the Koreshan Unity
The Theosophical Communities and Their Ideal of Universal Brotherhood
California's Socialist Utopias
Father Divine and the Peace Mission
Compiled by Donald E. Pitzer Appendix: America's Communal Utopias Founded by 1965
Bibliographical Essay
Notes
Contributors
Index

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