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Looking Backward, 2000-1887

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Looking Backward, 2000-1887
Publisher: Boston : Ticknor and Company, 1888
Branch Call Number: HX811 1887 .B2 1888x
Characteristics: vi, [7]-470 p. ; 19 cm


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Aug 23, 2014
  • robhoma rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Edward Bellamy agreed with concepts of socialism and wrote Looking Backward to explain to the public how such a utopian society could work. His plot is minimal and primarily a vehicle to promote social reform. A happy ending is the necessary outcome, for the reader needs to be assured that the utopian society is the best of all possible outcomes.

The novel did much to spur socialism. In the aftermath of its release, Bellamy clubs sprung up around the nation. Bellamy offered a tempting philosophical notion: that a change in the economy would spur a change in public morality - including the personal morality of each citizen.

Socialism never came to pass in America but it did occur in Eastern Europe. Socialist concepts did affect the progressives in the ways they proposed to manage unbridled capitalism.


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