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Fruitlands Utopian Society

Members pleded themselves to a strict diet of fruit and raw vegitables, aiming to live simply and celebrate an intimate connection with the enviornment.
by Sarah Brandau on 4 October 2012

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Fruitlands Utopian Research Project: Members of this utopia pledged themselves to a strict diet of fruit and raw vegetables, aiming to live simply and celebrate an intimate connection to the environment. They were vegans excluding even milk and honey from their diet. They ate no animal substances, drank only water, bathed in unheated water, and did not use artificial light. Belief System: The utopian society met in Alcott's house in Concord for six months. On June 1, 1843, the members of the community moved into a deep red clapboard farmhouse on 90 acres of farmland overlooking the Nashua River in Harvard, Massachusetts that was established by Amos Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane. The society only lasted till January 1844. Locations: Samuel Larned
Samuel Bower
Joseph Palmer
Bronson Alcott
Charles Lane Prominent Members: They wished to separate themselves from the world economy by refraining from trade, having no personal property, and not using hired labor. They grew all the food that they would need themselves and made only the goods they needed. By accomplishing those two goals, they believed that they would eliminate the need to participate in the outside world. Work System: Fruitlands has always been based on the transcendentalist ideals. The transcendentalists believed that there was no such thing as God and that Jesus was just a perfect human being. He was believed to set examples of what humans were supposed to do. Alcott believed that your spirit was born into a material world and the fact that it becomes material is what degrades your ability to be perfect. However, if you could celebrate the material things around you correctly, then your spirit would be safeguarded. The individualistic quality of transcendentalism gave it a more spiritual than social quality, one that also influenced later Utopian movements. Many of the figures of transcendentalism embraced the liberating qualities of individualism, making man free of the social, religious, and family restrictions of the past. Comparison to
Transcendentalist Ideals:
Residents called themselves "the consociate family."
Cotton fabric was forbidden because it exploited slave labor.
Wool was banned because it came from sheep.
They used no animals for work on the farm because they did not believe in animal labor.
Only lasted about six months.
Lane used $1800 of his own money to purchase a farm of 90 acres.
The major members were the Lanes and the Alcott family.
Louisa May Alcott when on to write "Little Women." Trivia: By: Sarah Brandau and Brakayla Hillis
"Fruitlands" Failure Magazine. Jason Zasky. N.D. Web. 3, October 2012

"Fruitlands" Amos Bronson Alcott Network. N.P. N.D. Web. 3, October 2012

"Utopian Communities." Dictionary of American History. N.P. 2003. Web. 2 October 2012 Works Cited The founders of Fruitlands are Bronson
Alcott and Joseph Palmer.
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