Brotherly Tomorrows: Movements for a Cooperative Society in America, 1820-1920

By Edward K. Spann | Go to book overview

XII
The Nationalist Movement

Looking Backward was one of those rare books that had a significant impact on its own times. Even more than Progress and Poverty, it appealed to those many Americans who were anxious about their rapidly modernizing society. Many of the 200,000 people who bought the book in 1888 and 1889 belonged to the rapidly expanding new middle class of white-collar workers and salaried professionals, who wanted some way to protect themselves from the corruptions of partisan politics and the discontents of the lower classes as well as the despotism of concentrated capital. By providing for bureaucratic control over the consolidated economy, Bellamy promised to satisfy this need without the sacrifice of the benefits of industrial progress; his year 2000 was comfortably familiar territory to his readers, their own emerging modern future purged of its terrors. 1

Bellamy's Nationalism had its most significant initial effect on the culture of dissent, which had grown larger and more complex with the progress of the century. A half century earlier, the combination of Fourierism and Swedenborgianism had established a respectable basis for dissent. Like them, Nationalism offered a form of cooperative brotherhood in which people of culture and sensibility would have an assured

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • I- The Challenge of the Century 1
  • II- The Prophet of New Lanark 17
  • III- A New Harmony? 29
  • IV- Individuality and Brook Farm 50
  • V- Fourierism 67
  • VII- The Phalanx in Dream and Reality 101
  • VIII- A Twilight Long Gleaming 122
  • IX- Preserving the American Eden 143
  • X- The Good Kings of Fouriana 163
  • XI- The Cooperative Commonwealth- Gronlund and Bellamy 176
  • XII- The Nationalist Movement 191
  • XIII- The Great Cooperative National People''s Trust 210
  • XIV- Socialism and "Utopia" 226
  • XV- Debsian Socialism 243
  • XVI- After Tomorrow 262
  • Epilogue- Yesterday and Tomorrow 278
  • Notes 283
  • Bibliography 327
  • Index 345
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