Modern Times, The Socialist Community of

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Modern Times, The Socialist Community of

A community founded in 1851 on Long Island that numbered among its members a good many Spiritualists. It was founded by Josiah Warren, formerly associated with the New Harmony community of Robert Dale Owen. The versatile Warren was an orchestral leader, an inventor, and a master of printing processes. As distinct from other utopian socialistic communities of nineteenth-century America, Modern Times was nearer to an anarchist society, with principles of complete toleration and without a central government. It suffered hardship in the general slump of 1857, and ceased to be practicable in the turmoil of the Civil War. Warren died in 1874.

(See also Hopedale Community )


Lawson, Donna. Brothers and Sisters All Over This Land: America's First Communes. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1972.

Oved, Yaacov. Two Hundred Years of American Communes. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1993.

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