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|Material Type:||Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
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|Notes:||Advisor: Jennifer Koslow, Florida State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of History.
Title and description from dissertation home page (viewed on July 15, 2010).
Document formatted into pages; contains viii, 89 pages.
|Details:||Mode of access: World Wide Web.|
|Other Titles:||Koreshan Unity and its urban pioneers, 1880-1908|
|Responsibility:||by Katherine Adams.|
ABSTRACT: While Koreshan beliefs are important in recording the community's history, a more personal history has often been left out of the scholarship on this topic. This thesis seeks to investigate the human side of the Koreshan Unity by tracing the life of Cyrus Teed and providing a glimpse into the everyday lives of the Koreshan members in their settlement in Estero, Florida. Utilizing the Koreshan Unity papers located at the State Archives of Florida, this material culture represents how the Koreshan members tried to realize Teed's and their utopian dream. While the Koreshan Unity began its decline after Teed's death in 1908, its members still portrayed their utopian experiment as a success because they found a haven in the religious and communal opportunities the community supported. Currently, this view of the Koreshan Unity is being preserved at the Koreshan State Historic Site (KSHS), located on the once Koreshan settlement grounds. While scholars who have contributed to the American utopian historical narrative have defined "success" based on numbers and general cultural trends, this thesis proves that only the participants in the movement can truly define what success really means.