SYMHC Live: The New Harmony Utopias


The church of New Harmony 1832. Watercolor by Karl Bodmer. Public domain

We did a live show for the Indiana Historical Society about the town of New Harmony, Indiana in the window from 1815-1827. In that period, two different communal societies occupied the town, one right after the other. But one was far more successful.

Holly's Research:

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  • The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. “George Rapp.” Encyclopædia Britannica. October 28, 2018. https://www.britannica.com/biography/George-Rapp
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  • Robert Owen. n.d. New Harmony Land Contract Letter. Digital Image © 2006 Indiana Historical Society. All Rights Reserved. http://cdm16797.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/dc014/id/77.
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  • Arndt, Karl John Richard. “George Rapp’s Harmony Society, 1785-1847.” University of Pennsylvania Press. 1965.
  • “Treaty With the Delawares, 1804.”https://www.washington.edu/uwired/outreach/cspn/Website/Classroom%20Materials/Curriculum%20Packets/Treaties%20&%20Reservations/Documents/Treaty_with_Delawares_1804.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: Robert Owen, utopias, New Harmony, immigration, 18th century, 19th century, U.S. history, utopian communities, live shows