Socialism in America: From the Shakers to the Third International : a Documentary History

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Albert Fried
Columbia University Press, 1992 - History - 580 pages

Socialism in America is a thematic presentation of the various types of socialism, such as Communitarian, Christian, Marxist, and Anarcho-Communist, that have existed in the United States from the time of the Revolutionary War to 1919. The documents included demonstrate how socialism wsa an integral part of the American past: because its ideals were embedded in the birth of America, it authentically expressed the American egalitarian norm.

The documents demonstrate that each type of socialism has a counterpart in a broadly based contemporary social movement: for example, religious communities were linked to revivalism and millenarianism. Ultimately, the collapse of socialism in America was tied to the country's conservative mood in the 1890s and World War I.

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Contents

A Synoptic
1
Religious Communitarians
16
The Shakers
31
Four Months Among the Shakers 18421843
46
The Perfectionists
54
The Secular Communitarians
63
equal Wealth 1827
117
The Rights of Man to Property 1829
124
Reform or Revolution 1896
244
The New Apostles
256
Christian Socialists
335
The Socialist Party of America
377
1902
405
What Life Means to Me 1906
413
Socialism and the Workers
446
Manifesto on Organizing the Industrial Workers of the World
457

The Associationists
133
Association Discussed
149
The Icarians
170
The Germans
178
American Confederation of the International Workingmens Asso
196
1883
208
ism 1887
234
1912
496
War and Revolution
504
Socialist Task and Outlook 1919
550
Bibliography
558
Index
564
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About the author (1992)

Albert Fried"s books include The Essential Lincoln, The Jeffersonian and Hamiltonian Traditions in American Politics, and The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Gangster in America. He divides his time between teaching American History at the State Universsity of New York at Purchase and writing.

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