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American Utopia

John Harriman envisioned a colony which offered such radical ideas as an 8-hour workday, equal education, health care, and food and shelter for all who were willing to put in an honest day's work. And while the history of utopias is usually one of naive idealism and failure, Harriman's concepts would later become standards in the American way of life. Where could such a group eventually settle and thrive? As improbable as it may seem, a small town in southwest Louisiana became their American Utopia. New Llano went on to become America's last and longest-lived socialist cooperative. This story of an American Utopia provides an example of American risk-taking, vision, grit and courage.


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