On the Cover: Welsh industrialist and social reformer Robert Owen (1771–1858). Courtesy Don Blair Collection, University of Southern Indiana. Robert Owen was one of the most influential thinkers in the English-speaking world in the first half of the nineteenth century, and his cooperative communities at New Lanark, Scotland, and New Harmony, Indiana, remain landmarks for their alternative visions of social life in the wake of the Industrial Revolution. The results of the cooperative schemes established in these places proved to be mixed, but by the late 1820s Owen sought to extend them further, including to the Texas frontier, then a part of Mexico, as José María Herrera shows in “Vision of a Utopian Texas: Robert Owen’s Colonization Scheme.” A few years later, French reformer Etienne Cabet (1788–1856), after spending time in exile in England, came under the influence of Owen, and eventually he would undertake his own scheme for establishing a colony in Texas (by this time part of the United States). The short-lived Denton County settlement is described in Donald J. Kagay’s “Icaria: An Aborted Utopia on the Texas Frontier.”
Vision of a Utopian Texas: Robert Owen's Colonization Scheme
By José María Herrera
Icaria: An Aborted Utopia on the Texas Frontier
By Donald J. Kagay
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