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Looking Backward: 2000-1887

Looking Backward: 2000-1887

Author: Edward Bellamy

Year Published: 1888

Description: A science fiction novel by lawyer and writer Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward: 2000-1887 promoted the concept of nationalization of industry and property through the story of a young Bostonian who, in the late 1800s, falls asleep and wakes up more than a century later to a socialist utopia characterized by reduced working hours, a lack of poverty, decreased crime and equal distribution of goods. The book had a major impact, inspiring several utopian communities as well as the creation of nationwide "Bellamy Clubs" devoted to spreading its ideals.

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'With a tear for the dark past, turn we then to the dazzling future, and, veiling our eyes, press forward. The long and weary winter of the race is ended. Its summer has begun. Humanity has burst the chrysalis. The heavens are before it.'

Looking Backward: 2000-1887

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