By Donald E. Pitzer
From the Shakers to the department Davidians, America's communal utopians have captured the preferred mind's eye. Seventeen unique essays the following display the relevance of such teams to the mainstream of yankee social, non secular, and monetary lifestyles. The members research the ideals and practices of the main widespread utopian groups based prior to 1965, together with the long-overlooked Catholic monastic groups and Jewish agricultural colonies. additionally 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 challenge. in line with a brand new conceptual framework often called developmental communalism, the booklet examines those utopian pursuits during the process their development—before, in the course of, and after their communal interval. every one bankruptcy features a short chronology, giving easy information regarding the gang mentioned. An appendix offers the main whole checklist of yank utopian groups ever released. The participants 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. touchdown, Dean L. may well, Lawrence J. McCrank, J. Gordon Melton, Donald E. Pitzer, Robert P. Sutton, Jon Wagner, and Robert S. Weisbrot.
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Even though the absolute number of communities appears to have declined from an estimated 10,000 or more in the late 1960s and early f 970s to 2,000 or so now, the 1995 Communities Directory describes more than 500 groups in North America. This list could be doubled or tripled easily because it only includes 11 of the 400 Hutterite colonies and none of the numerous Roman Catholic monastic com nities. If interest warrants, America's Communal Utopias may be supplemented eventually by a follow-up volume covering the most recent decades of communal development.
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America's Communal Utopias by Donald E. Pitzer