Date of Award

Fall 2016

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Robert Weinberg


The Macedonia Cooperative Community was established in 1938 as an experiment in cooperative economics by Morris Mitchell who hoped that the model of the community would provide a solution to the South’s economic woes. This vision was supplemented by the community’s involvement with a broader group of actors through the Southeastern Cooperative League and other intentional communities. Following the end of World War II, the membership of the community was entirely replaced with conscientious objectors, a change which shifted the purpose of the community inward. Internal tensions over communal identity culminated in the dissolution of the community in 1958.


Recipient of the Robert S. DuPlessis Prize, awarded in 2017.

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