A Successful Commune in the US: the Llano Colony of 1914
January 28, 2010
[From the report at this weblink:]
...The hopes and ideals of over 10,000 people came together to create America's longest lived socialist community, the Llano del Rio Cooperative Colony.
For a whole generation, the Llano Colony practiced what the rest of the American Left preached: a livable wage, an eight-hour work day, an end to child labor, quality education and cultural opportunities, social security, affordable housing, and food and health care for all in return for an honest day's work -- ideas considered not just radical but subversive in their day. Perhaps the most surprising fact of all this is that the Llano del Rio Cooperative Colony, founded in 1914, lasted so long not in its initial home of California, a state with a reputation for tolerance and liberality, but in conservative, rural Louisiana.
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