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Paradise now : the story of American Utopianism / Chris Jennings.

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Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 307.77 JENNINGS (Text) 33946003085144 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Available -
North Madison County Elwood Public Library 307.7709 JEN (Text) 30419101502512 New Non-Fiction Available -
Peabody Public Library - Columbia City NON-FICTION 307.770973 JENNINGS (Text) 30403002141943 Adult - Non-Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780812993707
  • ISBN: 0812993705
  • Physical Description: xv, 488 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-467) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction : MAN-MADE MILLENNIUM -- The Shakers : AMERICAN ZION -- New Harmony : THE GREAT INFIDEL EXPERIMENT -- The Fourierist Phalanxes : THE LEMONADE SEA -- Icaria : PEOPLE OF THE BOOK -- Oneida : KINGDOM COME -- Conclusion : THE FUTURE AINT WHAT IT USED TO BE.
Summary, etc.: "For readers of Jill Lepore, Joseph J. Ellis, and Tony Horwitz comes a lively, thought-provoking intellectual history of the golden age of American utopianism--and the bold, revolutionary, and eccentric visions for the future put forward by five of history's most influential utopian movements, "--Amazon.com.
"For readers of Jill Lepore, Joseph J. Ellis, and Tony Horwitz comes a lively, thought-provoking intellectual history of the golden age of American utopianism--and the bold, revolutionary, and eccentric visions for the future put forward by five of history's most influential utopian movements. In the wake of the Enlightenment and the onset of industrialism, a generation of dreamers took it upon themselves to confront the messiness and injustice of a rapidly changing world. To our eyes, the utopian communities that took root in America in the nineteenth century may seem ambitious to the point of delusion, but they attracted members willing to dedicate their lives to creating a new social order and to asking the bold question What should the future look like? In Paradise Now, Chris Jennings tells the story of five interrelated utopian movements, revealing their relevance both to their time and to our own. Here is Mother Ann Lee, the prophet of the Shakers, who grew up in newly industrialized Manchester, England--and would come to build a quiet but fierce religious tradition on the opposite side of the Atlantic. Even as the society she founded spread across the United States, the Welsh industrialist Robert Owen came to the Indiana frontier to build an egalitarian, rationalist utopia he called the New Moral World. A decade later, followers of the French visionary Charles Fourier blanketed America with colonies devoted to inaugurating a new millennium of pleasure and fraternity. Meanwhile, the French radical √Čtienne Cabet sailed to Texas with hopes of establishing a communist paradise dedicated to ideals that would be echoed in the next century. And in New York's Oneida Community, a brilliant Vermonter named John Humphrey Noyes set about creating a new society in which the human spirit could finally be perfected in the image of God. Over time, these movements fell apart, and the national mood that had inspired them was drowned out by the dream of westward expansion and the waking nightmare of the Civil War. Their most galvanizing ideas, however, lived on, and their audacity has influenced countless political movements since. Their stories remain an inspiration for everyone who seeks to build a better world, for all who ask, What should the future look like?"--Publisher website.
Subject: Utopias > United States > History.
Communitarianism > United States > History.
National characteristics, American.

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