Utopias in American History, 1st Edition

  • Jyotsna Sreenivasan
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  • ISBN-10: 1598840533
  • ISBN-13: 9781598840537
  • DDC: 307.770973
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 417 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Some would argue America is a nation founded on the principle of individualism -- a capitalist society where people acting in their own interest benefit both themselves and the country as well. But the history of America also includes a surprisingly strong and continuous presence of communal societies, aiming to enrich lives through cooperation instead of competition.

With this volume, a fascinating, yet often overlooked, part of the American story is brought to the forefront. In Utopias in American History, independent scholar Jyotsna Sreenivasan makes the case that from the founding of the American colonies to the hippie communes of the 1960s to the cohousing movement, which started in the 1990s, the United States has the most sustained tradition of utopianism of any modern country.

Accessible yet authoritative and highly informative, Utopias in American History offers dozens of alphabetically organized entries covering all aspects of communal societies from colonial times to the present. Featured are descriptions of over 40 major utopian communities, both religious and secular. Entries are organized in terms of their histories, belief systems, leadership, economics, daily life, and the reactions they drew from mainstream society.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Amana Colonies.
2: Amish.
3: Ananda Colonies.
4: Anarchism.
5: Antislavery Communities.
6: Bellamy, Edward.
7: Bible Communism.
8: Bishop Hill.
9: Bohemia Manor.
10: Brook Farm and Fourierist Phalanxes.
11: Brotherhood of the New Life.
12: Bruderhof.
13: Buddhist Communities.
14: Burned-Over District.
15: Camphill Movement.
16: Capitalism.
17: Catholic Worker Movement.
18: Children and Child Rearing.
19: Civil Rights Movement.
20: Civil War.
21: Cohousing.
22: Cooperatives.
23: Cults.
24: Davidian and Branch Davidian Movements.
25: Ecovillages.
26: Education.
27: Ephrata Cloister.
28: Fairhope and Single-Tax Communities.
29: Family.
30: The Family/Children of God.
31: The Farm.
32: Fellowship for Intentional Community.
33: Ferrer Colony (Stelton).
34: George, Henry.
35: Great Depression.
36: Gronlund, Laurence.
37: Harmony Society.
38: Hippies.
39: Home Colony.
40: House of David Movement.
41: Hutterites.
42: Icarian Movement.
43: Industrial Revolution.
44: International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna Movement).
45: Jerusalem/Society of Universal Friends.
46: Jesus People USA.
47: Jewish Agricultural Communities.
48: Kaweah Cooperative Commonwealth.
49: Keil Communities—Bethel and Aurora.
50: Koinonia Farm/Koinonia Partners.
51: Koreshan Unity.
52: Leadership and Decision Making.
53: Literary Utopias.
54: Llano del Rio and New Llano.
55: Love Family.
56: Millennialism.
57: Moravian Movement.
58: More, Thomas.
59: New Deal Communities.
60: New Harmony and Owenite Movement.
61: Oneida Community.
62: Orderville and Mormon Communalism.
63: Owen, Robert.
64: Pacifism.
65: Peace Mission Movement.
66: Persecution.
67: Point Loma and Theosophical Communities.
68: Rainbow Family of Living Light.
69: Rajneeshpuram.
70: Renaissance Community/Brotherhood of the Spirit.
71: Rugby.
72: Ruskin.
73: Shakers.
74: Skinner, B. F..
75: Socialism.
76: Society of the Woman in the Wilderness.
77: Steiner, Rudolf.
78: Synanon.
79: Transcendentalism.
80: Twin Oaks Community.
81: Valley of the Swans.
82: Women, Status of.
83: Zoar Society.
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