"The newly discovered Stetson letters answer a historian's prayer. What a joy to look over the family's shoulders into the everyday life of the Northampton Association! For the first time we can see Sojourner Truth as a flesh-and-blood person enmeshed in her own family and the Association's activities, not in retrospect, but, as it were, in real time."—Nell Irvin Painter, author of Sojourner Truth: A Life, a Symbol
"A wonderful collection of letters that is very well edited and introduced. The correspondence gives us a detailed view of communal life as experienced by the ordinary middle- and working-class families who were the majority of committed communitarians. Rich in details about religion, reform, economics, and education at the Association, the letters inform us about why communitarianism appealed to abolitionist families and how they lived it. These letters are a real find."—Carl Guarneri, author of The Utopian Alternative: Fourierism in Nineteenth-Century America
From the Publisher
Provides a rare look at daily life inside a nineteenth-century utopian community.