Maclure of New Harmony

Maclure of New Harmony

Scientist, Progressive Educator, Radical Philanthropist
Leonard Warren
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 06/29/2009
ISBN: 978-0-253-00330-0
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Maclure of New Harmony follows the twists and turns of William Maclure's intriguing life. A native Scotsman, Maclure (1763–1840) became a merchant, made a fortune, and retired in his early thirties. Then his life became interesting. Fascinated by the study of geology, Maclure did fieldwork throughout Europe before traveling to the United States, where he completed the first geological survey of his adopted nation and published a detailed, color geological map—one reason he is known as the Father of American Geology.

Maclure's travels sharpened his convictions about social justice and led him to a life of social radicalism. He founded progressive schools to educate the children of the working classes and, in 1820, he joined forces with Robert Owen to found New Harmony—the utopian community in Indiana. Ever restless, Maclure later moved to Mexico, where he watched his hopes for the new republic founder.

Author Bio

Leonard Warren is Emeritus Professor of the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Joseph Leidy: The Last Man Who Knew Everything and other books. He lives in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.


“An intriguing story of the twists and turns of a fascinating native Scotsman's life whose travels sharpened his convictions about social justice and led him to join forces to found a utopian community in Indiana. ". . . Maclure comes alive in all his energy, genius, generosity, and glaring idiosyncrasies . . ." —Donald Pitzer, author of America's Communal Utopias”

“In these pages, Maclure comes alive in all his energy, genius, generosity, and glaring idiosyncrasies. . . . The merits of Warren's work promise to make [this book] the standard biography.”
 — Donald Pitzer, author of America's Communal Utopias

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

1. Origins, and the Making of a Life
2. Philadelphia (1796-1800)
3. Political and Economic Philosophy
4. European Sojourn (1800-1808)
5. The Maclurean Era of American Geology
6. Introduction of Progressive Education to the United States
7. The Grand Tour of Europe (1809-1815)
8. Patron of the Natural Sciences
9. Spanish Years, and Return to America
10. Robert Owen, Maclure, and the Utopian Commune
11. Harmonie to New Harmony
12. A Boatload of Knowledge
13. Education in New Harmony
14. Trouble in Paradise
15. Out of the Ashes
16. Withdrawal to Mexico
17. Crippling Losses of Madame Fretageot and Thomas Say
18. New Harmony Adrift: Journey into the Present
19. The Workingmen's Institute: Death of William Maclure