Search for a New Eden: James Pierrepont Greaves (1777-1842), the Sacred Socialist and His Followers (Google eBook)

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 292 pages
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"Search for a New Eden, the first full-length study of James Pierrepont Greaves (1777-1842) and his followers, places them in the context of early nineteenth-century movements of particular interest to historians today. Greaves' Alcott House, or the Concordium, at Ham Common in Surrey was named after the American Transcendentalist and educator, Bronson Alcott, who visited it in 1842. Alcott returned to New England with two of Greaves' followers, and with his family and Charles Lane set up the short-lived experiment in communal living, Fruitlands. Alcott House, meanwhile, suffered from internal conflict and the community expired in 1848." "Though Greaves' most persevering followers were from the merchant class, he was supported by members of the upper class, among them Sophia Chichester, widow of a major landowner and cousin of the Ansons of Shugborough. The support she and her sister gave to Greaves is a unique case of upper-class female radicalism in early Victorian England. The account here of the sisters' unorthodox political and religious activities is an important contribution to feminist studies." "The story of Greaves and Alcott House is set in the wider context of contemporary efforts to sustain ideal communities in Britain and America."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

Illustrations
7
Acknowledgments
9
Family Tree and Chronology
13
Introduction
17
James Pierrepont Greaves The Call to Seriousness
25
James Pierrepont Greaves The Spirits Work
43
James Pierrepont Greaves The Sage of Burton Street
64
James Pierrepont Greaves The Sage of Burton Street
80
Alcott House The Concordium or Harmonious Industrial College
150
Alcott House Physical Puritanism
168
Alcott House The School
179
Alcott House Bronson Alcott Comes Home
187
Alcott House A New Eden in the New World
205
Alcott House The Vision Fades
222
Appendix
233
Notes
237

Sophia Chichester Sugar and Slavery
89
Sophia Chichester Together at Ebworth Park
105
Sophia Chichester Richard Carlile and the Crisis of 1839
121
Sophia Chichester The Day of Bright Activities is Passed
139
Select Bibliography
265
Index
281
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