Aristopia: A Romance-History of the New World

TitleAristopia: A Romance-History of the New World
Year for Search1895
AuthorsHolford, Castello N[ewton](1845-1905)
Date Published1895
PublisherArena Publishing Company
Place PublishedBoston, MA
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

Eutopia describing an alternative settlement of the Americas. The author says that it is based on More’s Utopia (88-92), but there are few similarities. The eutopia is based on Ralph Morton, one of the settlers of Jamestown, discovering a large gold deposit. Hiding his discovery from other settlers, he purchased land around the deposit and establishes a new colony that he names Mortonia (later changed to Aristopia) and appoints himself Governor for Life. He is presented as a benevolent dictator. Concerned to keep people from enriching themselves at the expense of others. Therefore, except for Morton, there is no private ownership of land, but land could be leased for a period of time determined by Morton. All buying and selling through public bodies and stores. Abolished primogeniture; limited inheritance. All roads and bridges public property. Laws proposed by an elected Congress but had to be approved by Morton. Widows over 30 could vote; women over 20 could vote for school officials. Reforming of criminals. Compulsory public education. Ultimately Aristopia comes to incorporate the rest of the U. S. and Canada.

Additional Publishers

Available as an audiobook at https://librivox.org/search?title=Aristopia%3A+A+Romance-History+of+the+New+World&author=HOLFORD&reader=&keywords=&genre_id=0&status=all&project_type=either&recorded_language=&sort_order=catalog_date&search_page=1&search_form=advanced. 

Holding Institutions

Hathi, PSt, W3,2701

Author Note

(1845-1905)

Full Text

1895 Holford, Castello N[ewton] (1845-1905). Aristopia: A Romance-History of the New World. Boston, MA: Arena Publishing Company. available as an audiobook at https://librivox.org/search?title=Aristopia%3A+A+Romance-History+of+the+New+World&author=HOLFORD&reader=&keywords=&genre_id=0&status=all&project_type=either&recorded_language=&sort_order=catalog_date&search_page=1&search_form=advanced. Hathi, PSt, W3,2701

Eutopia describing an alternative settlement of the Americas. The author says that it is based on More’s Utopia (88-92), but there are few similarities. The eutopia is based on Ralph Morton, one of the settlers of Jamestown, discovering a large gold deposit. Hiding his discovery from other settlers, he purchased land around the deposit and establishes a new colony that he names Mortonia (later changed to Aristopia) and appoints himself Governor for Life. He is presented as a benevolent dictator. Concerned to keep people from enriching themselves at the expense of others. Therefore, except for Morton, there is no private ownership of land, but land could be leased for a period of time determined by Morton. All buying and selling through public bodies and stores. Abolished primogeniture; limited inheritance. All roads and bridges public property. Laws proposed by an elected Congress but had to be approved by Morton. Widows over 30 could vote; women over 20 could vote for school officials. Reforming of criminals. Compulsory public education. Ultimately Aristopia comes to incorporate the rest of the U. S. and Canada.