The Utopian Alternative: Fourierism in Nineteenth-Century America

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The utopian socialism of Charles Fourier spread throughout Europe in the mid-nineteenth century, but it was in the United States that it generated the most intense excitement. In this rich and engaging narrative, Carl J. Guarneri traces the American Fourierist movement from its roots in the religious, social, and economic upheavals of the 1830s, through its bold communal experiments of the 1840s, to its lingering twilight after the Civil War.
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Overview

The utopian socialism of Charles Fourier spread throughout Europe in the mid-nineteenth century, but it was in the United States that it generated the most intense excitement. In this rich and engaging narrative, Carl J. Guarneri traces the American Fourierist movement from its roots in the religious, social, and economic upheavals of the 1830s, through its bold communal experiments of the 1840s, to its lingering twilight after the Civil War.
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"Carl Guarneri has vastly advanced our understanding of American 'Utopianism' with this magisterial study of its most important secular manifestation, the Fourierite movement."—Paul Boyer, Reviews in American History

"The Utopian Alternative is soundly researched, deftly crafted, and engagingly written. And it is sufficiently broad and balanced to make it a book that no scholar interested in the uncertain leap of the United States into modern capitalist culture can afford to overlook."—Charles Capper, Journal of American History

"This work should stand as a scholarly landmark for another half-century."—Robert S. Fogarty, American Historical Review

"With this book, Carl Guarneri takes his place as one of the leading American historians of his generation."—Daniel Walker Howe, The Annals of Iowa

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801481970
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Introduction 1
I Origins of American Fourierism
1 Fourierism Crosses the Atlantic 15
2 Apostles of Association 35
3 Roots of Popular Participation 60
II The Doctrine of Association
4 Association and American Society 93
5 The Utopian Alternative 121
III Building the New Industrial World
6 The Communitarian Boom and Bust 153
7 Life in the Phalanxes 178
8 Organizing a National Movement 227
9 The Problem of Slavery 252
10 The Movement Retreats 268
11 Campaigns with Labor 292
12 The Last Communities 321
IV The Decline and Evolution of Utopia
13 The Fading of the Utopian Dream 335
14 New Directions of the 1850s 348
15 Fourierism and the Coming of the Civil War 368
16 The Fourierist Legacy 384
Appendix: Tables, Figures, Maps 407
Abbreviations and Short Forms Used in Notes 419
Notes 421
Bibliography 505
Index 517
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