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Search for a new Eden : James Pierrepont Greaves (1777-1842), the sacred socialist and his followers

Author: J E M Latham
Publisher: Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1999.
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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
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Latham, J. E. M., 1928-
Search for a new Eden.
Madison : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1999
(OCoLC)654840250
Named Person: James Pierrepont Greaves; James Pierrepont Greaves
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J E M Latham
ISBN: 0838638090 9780838638095
OCLC Number: 40925983
Description: 292 p. : port. ; 24 cm.
Contents: James Pierrepont Greaves: the call to seriousness --
James Pierrepont Greaves: the spirit's work --
James Pierrepont Greaves: towards sacred socialism --
James Pierrepont Greaves: the sage of Burton Street --
Sophia Chichester: sugar and slavery --
Sophia Chichester: together at Ebworth Park --
Sophia Chichester: Richard Carlile and the crisis of 1839 --
Sophia Chichester: the day of bright activities is passed --
Alcott House: the Concordium or harmonious industrial college --
Alcott House: physical puritanism --
Alcott House: the school --
Alcott House: Bronson Alcott comes home --
Alcott House: a new Eden in the new world --
Alcott House: the vision fades.
Responsibility: J.E.M. Latham.
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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."--BOOK JACKET.

"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."--BOOK JACKET. "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.

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