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Brotherly tomorrows : movements for a cooperative society in America, 1820-1920
Spann, Edward K., 1931-2004.
Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, [1989]

Physical Description:
xv, 354 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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In a superbly researched and clearly written text, Spann provides the best account, to date, of secular utopianism in the US, beginning with the 1820s, the dawn of the industrial revolution. His coverage is comprehensive and includes the Phalanx phenomenon inspired by Charles Fourier, the Nationalist experiments based on the writings of Edward Bellamy, and the colonies promoted by the Socialist party of Eugene V. Debs. All of these utopian ventures proved to be fragile; usually, they lacked the durability of religious-oriented communities. In time, too, the optimism of social idealists flagged, and by the 1920s, quests for "brotherly tomorrows" had largely disappeared. Although substantial numbers of secular utopias would emerge during and after the 1960s, the major wave of such intentional community building, as Spann correctly argues, occurred during the approximately 100-year period 1820-1920 and proved to be a remarkable response to a rapidly changing society. College, university, and public libraries. -H. R. Grant, The University of Akron

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
I the Challenge of the Centuryp. 1
Ii the Prophet of New Lanarkp. 17
Iii a New Harmony?p. 29
Iv Individuality and Brook Farmp. 50
V Fourierismp. 67
Vii the Phalanx in Dream and Realityp. 101
Viii a Twilight Long Gleamingp. 122
Ix Preserving the American Edenp. 143
X the Good Kings of Fourianap. 163
Xi the Cooperative Commonwealth: Gronlund and Bellamyp. 176
Xii the Nationalist Movementp. 191
Xiii the Great Cooperative National People's Trustp. 210
Xiv Socialism and "Utopia"p. 226
Xv Debsian Socialismp. 243
Xvi After Tomorrowp. 262
Epilogue: Yesterday and Tomorrowp. 278
Notesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 345