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Iowa Past to Present Online Teacher's Guide

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Chapter 12: Experiments in Community Living


During the 1800s most people came to Iowa with only their own families, but some came as part of a larger group. These people were called communitarians, from the word community. Members of communitarian groups shared beliefs about how they should live and what they should believe. They settled close together. In fact, members of some groups owned property together. Most communitarians believed that they should separate themselves from outsiders if they were to remain true to their beliefs. The groups that settled in Iowa were the Icarians, the Society of True Inspiration (the Amana Colonies), and the Old Order Amish. The Icarians disbanded in the 1890s, but the Inspirationists and the Amish still live in Iowa today.

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This online teachers guide was developed as a companion to the textbook Iowa Past to Present: The People and the Prairie (Revised 3rd Ed.); written by Dorothy Schwieder, Thomas Morain, and Lynn Nielsen; published by University of Iowa Press. Select a chapter from the list below to find related content and classroom resources.



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