William Maclure and New Harmony’s Boatload of Knowledge


The New Harmony Workingmen's Institute. Photo by Nyttend Public domain

When Robert Owen founded his utopian community, he wanted to have the best minds he could find running the educational system. He recruited William Maclure, who in turn brought many great minds with him. Their boat was nicknamed the Boatload of Knowledge.

Holly's Research:

  • Silber, Kate. “Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi.” Encyclopedia Britannica. Feb. 13, 2019. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Johann-Heinrich-Pestalozzi
  • Carmony, Donald F. and Josephine M. Elliott Carmony. “New Harmony, Indiana: Robert Owen's Seedbed for Utopia.” Indiana Magazine of History. 1980.
  • Pitzer, Donald E. “America’s Communal Utopias.” University of North Carolina Press. 2010.
  • Pitzer, Donald and Darryl D. Jones. “New Harmony Then and Now.” Indiana University Press. 2012.
  • Watson, Emily. “A ‘Boatload of Knowledge’: New Ideas in a Would-be Utopia.” Association of American Colleges and Universities. Summer 2018. https://www.aacu.org/diversitydemocracy/2018/summer/watson
  • Pitzer, Donald E. “William Maclure's Boatload of Knowledge: Science and Education into the Midwest.” Indiana Magazine of History. Vol. 94, No. 2 (June 1998), pp. 110-137. Indiana University Press. https://www.jstor.org/stable/27792088
  • Pitzer, Donald E. “The Original Boatload of Knowledge Down the Ohio River: William Maclure's and Robert Owen's Transfer of Science and Education to the Midwest, 1825-1826.” Ohio Journal of Science. Vol. 89. 1989. https://kb.osu.edu/bitstream/handle/1811/23335/V089N5_128.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: teachers, education, Robert Owen, utopias, utopian communities, New Harmony, 19th century, U.S. history