The Angel and the Serpent

The Angel and the Serpent

The Story of New Harmony
William E. Wilson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/22/1984
Format: Paperback 53 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-20326-7
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The Angel and the Serpent is a book which combines scholarship and literary grace, and which recreates for us both the world of the Rappites and the Owenites." —Henry Steele Commager, The New York Times Book Review

Here is the story of George Rapp's German Harmonists and Robert Owen's Idealists—the two vastly different communities that shaped the history of New Harmony, Indiana Both the Rappites and the Owenites came to New Harmony to conduct communal living experiments—Rapp expecting the millennium; Owen believing he had brought the millennium with him.

Author Bio

William E. Wilson (1906-1988) was a professor of English at Indiana University and the author of numerous books and articles as well as a beloved teacher. The Angel and the Serpent was one of his best known works.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Harmonie
Part Two: The Community of Equality
Part Three: And After
Appendix A: The Memorial of George Rapp and the Harmony Society, 1806
Appendix B: The Second Harmonist Contract, 1821
Selected Bibliography