Utopian Writing Course Syllabus - Some possible ideas for readings.
Perfect Cities: Chicago's Utopias of 1893 - book includes a section on Pullman's worker city.
Society for Utopian Studies
The Pullman Foundation
The Town of Pullman - scroll to the bottom for more links
Pullman: A Social Study (1885)
The Pullman Era
Encyclopedia of Chicago (Pullman info)
Utopian Socialism - From the Marxist's Internet Archive. The site may be a little dodgy, but has some links to full-text resources.
Op-ed piece about Orderville, Utah
Themes in Utopian Fiction before Wells - Article about Utopian fiction & chronology
Utopian Studies - Penn State journal accessible from JSTOR (let me know if you need an account)
North American Phalanx - Non-sectarian experimental community based on the theories of Fourier.
Videos: Robert Owen & Utopian Socialism
Info about Robert Owen
Pullman State Historical Site - all things Pullman!
Fordham University's Industrial Revolution site
The Second Industrial Revolution (Fordham)
Eyewitness to History - lots of primary source info
The Industrial Revolution: A Sermon - Philip Moxom (1886) - full text
Women Working 1800-1930 - Harvard site w/lots of primary sources
The History Place: Child Labor in America - great site for photos
History Channel - free short videos
Yale Curriculum Unit on Industrial Revolution
My favorite Charles Dickens video!
Lots of good stuff on Discovery Streaming - do you have an account?
Industrial Revolution resources from the Annenberg Foundation - video, maps, etc.
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - women in the workplace/factories. Includes other resources, primary sources, etc.
TeachingHistory.org - great for everything history, includes primary sources
Discovery Streaming - tons of videos about all your topics
YouTube - search "George Pullman" - you'll get some videos about him
Resources for Charles Dickens
William Blake archive
FULL TEXTS: (in case you want your students to access all or parts of these works. I found most of them at the Gutenberg Project)
"The Human Drift" - King Gillette (1894)- More a prospectus than a novel, this was the first statement (later revisited in his World Corporation of 1910 and The People's Corporation of 1924) by the utopian socialist and inventor of the disposable safety razor of his ambitious and detailed plan plan for an immense three-level city called Metropolis, powered by electricity from Niagara Falls. The city was to accommodate the entire population of the USA (upwards of 60 million), with most of the rest of North America left as a natural environment, and it was to be possessed of a perfect economic system of production and distribution, run by a
World Corporation.full text complete w/diagrams & illustrations
"Looking Backward" - Edward Bellamy (1888)
"Erewhon" - Samuel Butler (1872) - Erewhon (an anagram of 'nowhere', the literal translation of 'utopia') is a remote kingdom, not on any map, which the narrator claims to have discovered in his travels. In many respects, life there is not dissimilar to contemporary Western civilization - there is a monarchy, lawyers, judges, prisons, money, rich and poor - and at first sight the inhabitants appear healthy and contented. However, it soon becomes apparent that duplicity is rife, and there are in actual fact two conflicting religions, two banking systems, etc. Illness is treated as a crime and criminal behaviour treated with sympathy. Their once sophisticated industrial know-how has been deliberately abandoned in favour of very basic machinery. As it becomes clear that their bizarre rule are just exaggerations of common Western practices, the book becomes a dystopia of biting satire against contemporary mores.
"Utopia" - Sir Thomas More
"Gulliver's Travels" - Johnathan Swift
"Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia" - Samuel Johnson
"Mizora: World of Women - A Prophecy" - Mary E. Bradley Lane (1881)This is the first feminist utopian novel. Lost near the North Pole, a Russian noblewoman discovers an all-women utopia at the centre of the earth, a haven of music, peace, universal education and beneficial advanced technology
"Hidden Treasures" - Harry Lewis (1887). Scroll down and click on George Pullman. The last paragraph of the Pullman essay is an interesting view of his "city" written in 1887.
"News from Nowhere" - William Morris (1890) An Englishman of 1890 wakes to find himself in a post-revolutionary and post-industrial 21st Century England based on an ideal communism with no money, no private property and perfect equality. Labour is shared equally and is considered a pleasure rather than a necessary chore. Unlike in Looking Backward, modernity and science has been abandoned in favour of low-tech crafts.
"The Time Machine" - HG Wells (1895)
"Freeland: A Social Anticipation" - Theodore Hertzka (1890) - Known as the “Austrian Bellamy” for the similarity in his utopian views, the
political economist Hertzka wrote about an imaginary communistic colony in Africa called Frieland (or Freeland) and then actually tried (unsuccessfully) to create a real Freeland in Africa.
"Selections from the Works of Fourier"
"Living Among the Shakers" - (1843) primary source doc.
"General Appearance of Mill Workers" - Dickens' wonderful article about the perception of working women being illiterate.