Love Valley: An American Utopia

Love Valley: An American Utopia

by Conrad Ostwalt
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University of Wisconsin Press

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Love Valley: An American Utopia

Love Valley is a small town in rural North Carolina. Its genesis in 1954 marked the fulfillment of a dream for founder Andy Barker. Barker cultivated two visions as a young man—he wanted to build a Christian community, and he wanted to be a cowboy. The result of his vision is Barker’s utopian experiment.
    The town boasts a saloon, general store, hitching posts, and rodeos. Yet, above all of this stands a little church—the heart of what Barker conceived as his Christian utopia. This unique combination has led to more than forty years of philanthropic ventures, controversial events such as the Love Valley Rock Festival, stories and legends, and political ambition. Love Valley: An American Utopia captures the history of this town in narrative form while arguing that Love Valley’s founders were motivated by utopian goals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780879727604
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 01/01/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1.Introduction and Preface1
2.The Utopian Dream5
4.The First Decade: Promotion31
5.The First Decade: Philanthropy and Politics57
6.Controversy and Change: The Love Valley Rock Festival79
7.Tepees and Longhairs: Communal Utopia103
8.Tragedy and Triumph121
9.Maturity and Community135
10.Conclusion: Love Valley--Utopia and Mythic America149
Sources Cited189

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