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The great change : the reorganization of the Amana Society, 1931-1933

Author: Peter Andrew Hoehnle
Publisher: 1998.
Dissertation: Thesis (M.A.)--Iowa State University, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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This study analyzes, in detail, the process by which the Amana Society, the fourth longest-lasting communal society in the United States, abandoned communal living in 1932. Founded in 1843 by a German religious sect, the Amana Society was faced with debt and internal divisions by the end of the 1920s. These difficulties led the leaders of the Society to consider reorganizing into a joint stock company, a process
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Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Andrew Hoehnle
OCLC Number: 40885304
Notes: Typescript (photocopy).
Description: 184 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Other Titles: Reorganization of the Amana Society, 1931-1933
Responsibility: by Peter Andrew Hoehnle.

Abstract:

This study analyzes, in detail, the process by which the Amana Society, the fourth longest-lasting communal society in the United States, abandoned communal living in 1932. Founded in 1843 by a German religious sect, the Amana Society was faced with debt and internal divisions by the end of the 1920s. These difficulties led the leaders of the Society to consider reorganizing into a joint stock company, a process that was accomplished over a period of two years. The result of this reorganization was a company known as the Amana Society, which assumed the business obligations of the old Society, while a non-profit organization, the Amana Church Society, assumed its religious aspects.

The social and economic pressures which led to the reorganization of the Amana Society are highlighted, as is the process by which the Society developed a plan for reorganization, and the manner in which Amana residents prepared to adjust to life in a capitalist society. A detailed analysis of the ballots used by members to vote on reorganization highlights voting patterns among the members, and a summary of the activities of the reorganization committee provides insight into the various controversies, and their resolutions, which occurred during the process of reorganization. Special emphasis is given to the role of women in the reorganization process, and to the adjustments residents made in their work and social patterns once the communal system had been abandoned.

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