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Assignment 10 Millenarian Societies

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DUE: Monday October 27



Here are the assignments:

·         RICK. Gerrard Wynstanley & The Diggers

·         LAURA. Mother Ann Lee & The Shakers

·         SCOTT. The Amana Colonies of Iowa

·         SKY. The Oneida Colony

·         SHELLEY. Charles Fourier

·         ELIZABETH. Robert Owen & New Harmony

·         LESLIE. Etiènne Cabet & Icaria

·         KYLE. Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto. Also: John Rawls’ “Theory of Social Justice”

·         ABHI. Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels to the Land of the Houyhnhnms

·         JEB. William Godwin: Enquiry Concerning Political Justice

·         MICHAEL. Kathleen Kinkeade & Twin Oaks. Also: Any other existing communities you can find.



When you are finished, you will have

·         Done some research

o    Consulted The Utopia Reader for initial readings in your topic.

o    You should use the web but Wikipedia may not be your only web source.

o    You must have at least one print source

·         Constructed a wiki page. I will make a page for each and link it properly. You supply the content.

·         Taught the class about your community or idea in a class period





Information for project



Time Period

Size of group

What does the founder/author do?


Goal/mission of Community

Is there a religious component? What

What is the social contract? (Humanism and the Enlightenment)

What is their definition of happiness?

What are the sources of human distress (what problems need to be solved)?



Sex and Marriage




Wealth and Poverty


Agriculture and manufacturing



Power Structure


Who gets to join or who is expelled?

Foreign Relations



Exercising your critical thinking:

·         What are the appeals or strengths of this idea?

·         What works against this idea?

·         What traces of this idea can we identify in 21st century US life?

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