West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California

West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California

Michael Watts


In the aftermath of the Vietnam conflict, a wide element of the inhabitants had develop into dissatisfied with the yankee lifestyle that they didn't think they belonged to. whereas a few overtly revolted within the streets, others took to turning clear of the mainstream and headed towards a brand new international. Utopian visions, manifesting themselves within the kind of communes, have been geared toward breaking the bonds of capitalism, colossal company, and the reigning oligarchy and have been shooting up in the course of the state. The San Francisco Bay sector used to be the hotbed of those communes, and from the Height-Ashbury in San Francisco, east to Berkeley’s protest hub at Sproul Plaza, and south to Oakland’s Black Panther’s communal families, this is often an exploration of this specified cultural revolution of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies. The historical past and imaginative and prescient of communal residing is investigated in a sequence of essays aimed toward explaining simply what those communes have been, how lives have been lived inside of them, and what their targets entailed.

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