Escape to Utopia: The Communal Movement in America

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CHAPTER EIGHT NASHOBA AND THE WOLVES
COOPERATION HAS NIGH KILLED US ALL

Land of the West, we come to thee,
Far o'er the desert of the sea!
Under the white-winged canopy,
Land of the West, we fly to thee;
Sick of the Old World's sophistry;
Haste then across the dark, blue sea,
Land of the West, we rush to thee!
Home of the brave: soil of the free,--
Huzza! She rises o'er the sea.
--Owenite song

WHITBY played overseer at Nashoba but his easy-going ways produced no crops. The Negroes were adept at soldiering and the bright star of manumission was so distant- dim that they did not care if nothing was accomplished.

The three whites lectured them on the ideal of emancipation of slaves and of womankind, on the common ownership of property, and on the righeousness of sexual freedom. Then Camilla and Whitby fell in love--or thought they did. Possibly it occurred to her there would be no overwhelming emancipation for a spinster in being presented with offspring, for they trotted off to the preacher and were married as conventionally as if they had not been philosophers.

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