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The Story of American Utopianism

Social Sciences

Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism — A positive review of this book by Chris Jennings (Random House, 2016) that discusses the Shakers, New Harmony, the Fourierist Phalanxes, Icaria and Oneida. “Although evenhanded, and with obvious affection for his subjects, Jennings also notes, ‘Anyone nuts enough to try building heaven on earth is bound for a hell of his own making.’”  Students can examine these case studies in some of the sources for our culture’s progressivism .

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