From the Shakers to the Branch Davidians, America's communal
utopians have captured the popular imagination. Seventeen original
essays here demonstrate the relevance of such groups to the
mainstream of American social, religious, and economic life. The
contributors examine the beliefs and practices of the most
prominent utopian communities founded before 1965, including the
long-overlooked Catholic monastic communities and Jewish
agricultural colonies. Also 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
Mission. Based on a new conceptual framework known as developmental
communalism, the book examines these utopian movements throughout
the course of their development--before, during, and after their
communal period. Each chapter includes a brief chronology, giving
basic information about the group discussed. An appendix presents
the most complete list of American utopian communities ever
published. The contributors 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. Landing, Dean L. May, Lawrence J. McCrank, J.
Gordon Melton, Donald E. Pitzer, Robert P. Sutton, Jon Wagner, and
Robert S. Weisbrot.