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)
Sources
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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