Date of Award

Spring 1998

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department, Educational Studies Department

First Advisor

Bruce Dorsey

Second Advisor

Eva F. Travers


This thesis examines the social history of Hopedale Community in Massachusetts, a utopian community that was founded in 1842. Hourihan focuses primarily on the role of education and religion in the construction of this project as well as its eventual failure. By examining the history of the town as written by its founder, along with a variety of secondary sources relating to American education and the daily lives of Hopedale residents, Hourihan further traces the impact of the utopian vision on the community in the last decade.