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date: 21 May 2022

Utopian and Communitarian Movements. 

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The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Carl J. GuarneriCarl J. Guarneri

The quest for the perfect society arose in Western thought in ancient tales of a Golden Age, Greek theories of the perfect city-state, and early Christians' anticipation of Christ's second coming. With European colonization of the New World, such hopes took on the enticing aura of possibility. The very name “America” became a metaphor for perfectionist longings, as in Thomas More's ... ...

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