Llewellyn Castle: A Worker's Cooperative on the Great Plains (BOK)

Llewellyn Castle: A Worker's Cooperative on the Great Plains (BOK)

Gary R. Entz

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In 1869 six London families arrived in Nemaha County, Kansas, as the first colonists of the Workingmen's Cooperative Colony, later fancifully renamed Llewellyn Castle by a local writer. These early colonists were all members of Britain's National Reform League, founded by noted Chartist leader James Bronterre O'Brien. As working-class radicals they were determined to find an alternative to the grinding poverty that exploitative liberal capitalism had inflicted on England's laboring poor. Located on 680 acres in northeastern Kansas, this collectivist colony jointly owned all the land and natural resources, with individuals leasing small sections to work. The money from these leases was intended for public works, health, and education of the colony members. The colony floundered after just a few years and collapsed in 1874, but its mission and founding ideas lived on in Kansas. Many former colonists became prominent political activists in the 1890s, and the colony's ideals of national fiscal policy reform and state ownership of land were carried over into the Kansas Populist movement. Based on archival research throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, this history of an English collectivist colony in America's Great Plains highlights the connections between British and American reform movements and their contexts.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Gary R. Entz
Forlag
Marston Book DMARSTO Orphans
ISBN 9780803245396
Antall sider 288 Dimensjoner 16,3cm x 23,1cm x 3cm
Vekt 590 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form History of the Americas, Social & cultural history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Economic history, Labour economics