The Communistic Societies of the United States

The Communistic Societies of the United States

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Experiments in communism sprang up all over the United States in the latter half of the 19th century, idealistic attempts at utopian living amidst the clanging capitalism of the expanding nation. They were already on their way out when American journalist CHARLES NORDHOFF (1830-1901) took his grand tour of these communities, and his unsentimental, unbiased examination of their origins, religious beliefs, daily life, social habits, and other details-based on his own firsthand observation and first published in 1875-remains the best accounts we have of: [ the Amana Society [ the Harmonists at Economy [ the Separatists of Zoar [ the Shakers [ the Oneida and Wallingford Perfectionists [ the Aurora and Bethel Communes [ the Icarians [ the Bishop Hill Colony [ the Cedar Vale Commune [ the Social Freedom Community Complete with a look at three colonies not communistic in nature-Anaheim, California; Vineland, New Jersey; and Silkville Prairie Home, Kansas-and statistics on commune life as it existed in the day, this is an invaluable resource for students of socialism and communism, of American social experiments, and of the little-explored corners of American history in general.... back yard, crossing which we entered another house, and, opening a door, my guide welcomed me to the aquot; visitorsa#39; room. ... I found myself in a comfortable low- ceiled room, warmed by an air-tight stove, and furnished with a cot-bed, half aanbsp;...

Title:The Communistic Societies of the United States
Author:Charles Nordhoff
Publisher:Cosimo, Inc. - 2008-12-01


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