Here is the story of George Rapp's German Harmonists and Robert Owen's Idealists - the two vastly different communities that shaped the history of New Harmony, Indiana. Both the Rappites and the Owenites came to New Harmony to conduct communal living experiments - Rapp expecting the millennium; Owen believing he had brought the millennium with him. Although the two men were motivated by different ideas, they shared the same goal: to see their people live together in happiness and peace. Their two experiments are probably the best kwn and most interesting efforts at establishing alternate or Utopian communities in America.
William E. Wilson (1906-1988) was a professor of English at Indiana University and the author of numerous books and articles as well as a beloved teacher. The Angel and the Serpent was one of his best known works.