The Angel and the Serpent

The Angel and the Serpent : Story of New Harmony

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Here is the story of George Rapp's German Harmonists and Robert Owen's Idealists - the two vastly different communities that shaped the history of New Harmony, Indiana. Both the Rappites and the Owenites came to New Harmony to conduct communal living experiments - Rapp expecting the millennium; Owen believing he had brought the millennium with him. Although the two men were motivated by different ideas, they shared the same goal: to see their people live together in happiness and peace. Their two experiments are probably the best known and most interesting efforts at establishing alternate or Utopian communities in America.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 153.9 x 235.2 x 18.5mm | 492.67g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0253203260
  • 9780253203267

About William E. Wilson

William E. Wilson (1906-1988) was a professor of English at Indiana University and the author of numerous books and articles as well as a beloved teacher. The Angel and the Serpent was one of his best known works.show more

Table of contents

Preface Part One: Harmonie Part Two: The Community of Equality Part Three: And After Appendix A: The Memorial of George Rapp and the Harmony Society, 1806 Appendix B: The Second Harmonist Contract, 1821 Selected Bibliography Indexshow more

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"The Angel and the Serpent is a book which combines scholarship and literary grace, and which recreates for us both the world of the Rappites and the Owenites." Henry Steele Commager, The New York Times Book Review "Wilson writes with clarity and humor and has given us a work which will be valuable both to the cultural historian and to the general reader." St. Louis Globe Democrat "... exceedingly valuable addition to Indiana historiography" Indianapolis Timesshow more

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