A History of American Utopias
by Abby McGanney Nolan
Spanning American history from the seventeenth century to the present, Worlds Apart looks at the fascinating stories behind twenty communities that were created around principles and ideals that were somehow at odds with the rest of society. Beginning with a Dutch colony in Delaware that outlawed slavery in the 1660s and ending with the twenty-year-old Florida community first dreamed up by Walt Disney, Worlds Apart describes the men and women behind these would-be utopias and explores where these experiments succeeded and how they ultimately failed. Enriched by historical and contemporary images and maps, the book offers an incredible portrait of American ideals.