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From the late seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century America emerged as the primary setting for the establishment of various utopian communities These communities were generally founded by individuals who were courageous enough to ignore accepted patterns of behaviour and willingly endure hardship and censure for the sake of ideas and ideals which they considered as true Included among these cooperative colonies were the societies of Shakers Rappites and Zoarites All three communities saw their beginnings in foreign countries and because of religious persecution were forced to immigrate to the United States The Shakers were the first communistic society to arrive in America and in some regards they also enjoyed the greatest success They flourished in numbers and prosperity for well over one hundred years until their eventual decline The Rappites and the Zoarites were Separatists from the established church in Germany who had come to America in search of religious and civil liberties The Rappites were highly industrious and fortuitous in their business pursuits while the Zoarites struggled initially but eventually saw their goals come to fruition under the tutelage of a great leader These three societies were based upon firmly incorporated religious beliefs and doctrines that ensured their well being and longevity The Shakers the Rappites and the Zoarites all existed within the sphere of their own unique traditions and social customs business techniques and objectives systems of government and religious creeds and practices At Manchester in England This blessed fire began And like a flame in stubble From house to house it ran A few at first receivd it And did their lusts forsake And soon their inward power Brought on a mighty shake -Millenial Praise 1813 During the mid-seventeenth century a society known as the French Prophets entered England They issued warnings of Gods wrath persuasions to repentance and prophecies of the near approach of the end of all things Here their views were embraced by James and
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