A Socialist Utopia in the New South

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of the Year, 1998
A Socialist Utopia in the New South, named a CHOICE Outstanding Title of the Year is a counterpoint to Lynching in the New South. While the first work focuses on one of the worst manifestations of the New South, A Socialist Utopia lingers on a little-seen aspect of the South in the 1890s: the seeming opportunities for political and economic experimentation. The book focuses on the conviction of several hundred socialists to establish one of the largest and most important socialist communities in Tennessee in 1894.

“Brundage has gone well beyond any earlier historian in detailing its history…and has provided a careful and balanced view of both the collective experience and individual aspirations. It is hard to imagine that a better book could have been written. Brundage also gives us the fullest discussion available of women’s work at Ruskin…” – Robert S. Fogarty, American Historical Review

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