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Paradise Now by Chris Jennings
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2018

I loved this fascinating look at five utopian society movements that have found a home in America in the 19th century. This book gives snapshots of these various schools of thought, and the ways their followers attempted to live out their principles in the U.S.

Most were formed as a response to industrialism, and an attempt to create a society as equitable and peaceful as possible. John Humphrey Noyes called his brand of utopianism "Bible Communism," and in many ways you can see the connection between his views, and the later communism that would rise in Eastern Europe.

I enjoyed the spirit of optimism that was so prominent in each of the movements, and feel like the book gave me a better understanding of 19th century America.

I read this book because I enjoyed Oneida: from Free Love Utopia to Well Set Table, by Ellen Wayland-Smith. Paradise Now was easier read, and I think a better brief introduction to American utopianism.

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Reading Progress

June 16, 2018 – Started Reading
June 16, 2018 – Shelved
June 16, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
June 16, 2018 – Finished Reading

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