American Communes, 1860-1960: a Bibliography (Sects and Cults in America--Bibliographical Guides ; vol. 13 / Garland Reference Library of Social Science ; vol. 402

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9780824084707: American Communes, 1860-1960: a Bibliography (Sects and Cults in America--Bibliographical Guides ; vol. 13 / Garland Reference Library of Social Science ; vol. 402

Books, articles, theses, dissertations, and some manuscripts are covered in this book on communes after 1860, including later communes that are the direct offspring of their predecessors. The primary focus is on religious communities, although major secular communes are included as well. Each section includes a one or two-paragraph history of the commune, followed by a bibliography of all known writings on the commune of interest to scholars. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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This is an excellent bibliography of American religious and secular experiments in communal living from the Civil War through the Eisenhower era. The bibliography makes a strong case for Miller's contention that the communal spirit was alive and well in a period often considered a "dry spell" for American communal movements. Miller shows particular depth in his entries on Anabaptist, Jewish, and Mormon groups, although he also gives quite comprehensive coverage to secular radical and utopian groups. The book is strengthened by a broad and inclusive definition of what constitutes communal living, but Miller's exclusion of Catholic religious groups is surprising. Nevertheless, this should be purchased by all academic libraries that support graduate programs in American history.
- Susan A. Stussy, St. Norbert Coll., De Pere, Wis.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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