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Eden Within Eden
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Oregon has long been a destination for those seeking new beginnings. Since the establishment of the Aurora Colony in 1856, the state has been the home of nearly three hundred communal experiments. Eden Within Edenis the first book to survey this utopian history, from religious and Socialist groups of the nineteenth century to ecologically conscious communities of the twenty-first century. James Kopp examines Oregon’s communal history in the framework of utopian and communal experiences across America.

Eden Within Edenprovides rich detail about utopian communities—some realized, some only planned—many of which reflect broader social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of Oregon’s history. From the dawn of communal groups in Oregon—the German Christian colony at Aurora—to Oregon’s most infamous communal experiment—Rajneeshpuram—Kopp describes the range of attempts to establish ideal communities in the state. These include the Jewish agrarian colony of New Odessa in the 1880s as well as the “new pioneers” of the 1960s who captured the spirit of the counterculture and gave voice to growing concerns about the environment. Kopp explores other areas of Oregon’s utopian heritage as well, including literary works and idealistic city planning. The book’s appendix is a rich compilation that will guide students, scholars, and other interested readers to additional information on the profiled—and many other—communities.

Table of Contents

  1. contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. x-xiii
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  1. Introduction: Oregon as Eden
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter One: Eden and Utopia: Background and Boundaries
  2. pp. 9-21
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  1. Chapter Two: The American Utopian Tradition
  2. pp. 22-38
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  1. Chapter Three: The Dawn of Utopia in Oregon: The Aurora Colony
  2. pp. 39-50
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  1. Chapter Four: Seeking the Ideal Community in Oregon in the 1880s and 1890s
  2. pp. 51-87
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  1. Chapter Five: No Place
  2. pp. 88-99
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  1. Chapter Six: Cooperation in Oregon in the Early Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 100-118
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  1. Chapter Seven: From Cooperation to Survival in the Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 119-132
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  1. Chapter Eight: Rediscovering Utopia: The New Pioneers of the Late 1960s
  2. pp. 133-146
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  1. Chapter Nine: The Dream Continues: From the 1970s to the Twenty-first Century
  2. pp. 147-168
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  1. Chapter Ten: The Dark Side of Utopia
  2. pp. 169-179
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  1. Conclusion: Oregon As Utopia
  2. pp. 180-186
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  1. Appendix: From Abba's Way to The Zoo: A Resource Guide to Oregon's Utopian Heritage
  2. pp. 187-306
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 307-359
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 360-370
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