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Communal Amana

The Amana Colonies were established as religious villages in rural Iowa. Learn about how Amana developed over the communal period

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Amana Colonies Today

1932 marked the end of the communal period. Learn about what brought about "the Great Change" and how the Colonies adapted

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Origins of the Colonies

The Community of True Inspiration was founded on the basis of Pietism. Learn about the founders and how the religious group developed

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Utopias in America

Several Utopian societies were founded in the 19th century in the United States. Explore their histories and general philosophies.

Last updated: December 18, 2017