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Edward Bellamys Looking Backward 2000-1887 was an attempt to show Americans who desired the utopian sense of community what it could truly be Looking Backward addressed the yearnings of a society stricken by economic panics and social collapse by proposing an Eden-like community in which war hunger greed and malice were eradicated from society While the story followed the wonderment of Julian West as he awoke in a Boston of 2000 AD after 113 years of sleep the text focused on Bellamys description through the kindly and omniscient character Dr Leete of a post-revolutionary society which emancipated the individual from the horrors of capitalism As the story progresses it becomes obvious that Bellamy is simply trying to suggest ways in which to improve his own society at the time whether it be politics or business practices The first thing Julian inquires about his the problem of labor strikes something very prominent in his time due to the newly formed labor unions The National Labor Union NLU hailed the virtues of a simpler America when workers controlled their workday earned a decent living and had time to be good citizens Davidson
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