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From the Shakers to the department Davidians, America's communal utopians have captured the preferred mind's eye. Seventeen unique essays the following exhibit the relevance of such teams to the mainstream of yank social, spiritual, and monetary existence. The participants learn the ideals and practices of the main favourite 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 project. in keeping with a brand new conceptual framework often called developmental communalism, the booklet examines those utopian events through the process their development--before, in the course of, and after their communal interval. each one bankruptcy incorporates a short chronology, giving uncomplicated information regarding the crowd mentioned. An appendix offers the main entire checklist of yankee utopian groups ever released. The members 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. could, Lawrence J. McCrank, J. Gordon Melton, Donald E. Pitzer, Robert P. Sutton, Jon Wagner, and Robert S. Weisbrot.

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