By Robert P. Sutton
American communalism isn't really a disjointed, erratic, virtually ephemeral a part of our prior, yet an on-going, crucial a part of American background. this significant examine starts with an exam of America's first non secular utopia at Ephrata, close to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1732 and strains successive utopian experiments within the usa during the following centuries. the writer demonstrates that the utopian communal tale is an necessary part of the Puritan proposal of the USA as a urban upon a hill and a beacon mild for the realm the place the ideal society should be outfitted and the place it could possibly flourish.
After discussing the Ephrata Cloister (1724-1812), the writer turns to the dozen or so Shaker groups that unfold utopian communalism from New England to the Ohio Valley frontier within the antebellum years. subsequent, he examines some of the Separatists, in addition to the Oneida group. He strains the heritage of the Hutterite utopias from Russia to the nice Plains and Canada among the Civil warfare and global battle I. In a bankruptcy on California counter tradition groups, he analyzes the Theosophist communes at Pint Loma and Temple domestic. ultimately, he discusses smooth spiritual utopias starting from the Koreshian harmony at Estero, Florida, to Zion urban close to Chicago, Dorothy Day's Catholic employee flow, the Sufi Utopia within the Berkshire Mountains, and the Pandanaram cost in Indiana.
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