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Robert P. Sutton
“Finally the American Midwest has received long-overdue recognition as the prime center of American utopian communalism. Robert Sutton has greatly expanded our understanding of the communal spirit and of the geography of communalism with this work that is the fruit of a lifetime of scholarship.”—Timothy Miller, University of Kansas
Sutton offers a regional approach to the study of utopian movements, focusing specifically on the “heartland,” which he defines to include the Old Northwest Territory, the Dakotas, and Missouri. In the number of utopian settlements, the heartland region is surpassed only by New England. Heartland Utopias provides a scholarly overview of 19th century utopian communities in the heartland from the first Shaker village near Dayton, Ohio, built in 1807, to the 1903 incorporation and ensuing stormy history of The House of David in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
(2009) 230 pp.
Robert P. Sutton (1940–2009), retired Professor of History and former director of the Center for Icarian Studies at Western Illinois University, was the author of thirteen books, half of them on communal history, including Communal Utopias and the American Experience in two volumes.
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