Robert P. Sutton's Communal Utopias and the American Experience Religious PDF

By Robert P. Sutton

American communalism isn't a disjointed, erratic, virtually ephemeral a part of our prior, yet an on-going, crucial a part of American historical past. this crucial research starts with an exam of America's first spiritual utopia at Ephrata, close to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1732 and strains successive utopian experiments within the usa throughout the following centuries. the writer demonstrates that the utopian communal tale is an fundamental side of the Puritan proposal of the USA as a urban upon a hill and a beacon gentle for the area the place definitely the right society can be equipped and the place it might 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 a number of the Separatists, in addition to the Oneida neighborhood. He strains the background of the Hutterite utopias from Russia to the nice Plains and Canada among the Civil warfare and international warfare I. In a bankruptcy on California counter tradition groups, he analyzes the Theosophist communes at Pint Loma and Temple domestic. ultimately, he discusses sleek non secular utopias starting from the Koreshian cohesion at Estero, Florida, to Zion urban close to Chicago, Dorothy Day's Catholic employee circulation, the Sufi Utopia within the Berkshire Mountains, and the Pandanaram payment in Indiana.

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