Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more;
but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid.
-- Micah 4:3-4


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Catalog No. BE-10
ISBN 978-0-9816402-3-5
Publisher: Blackstone Editions
Pages: xxviii + 339

History of the Hopedale Community

Adin Ballou

Price: $25.00

The Hopedale Community was one of the most important and successful of the many utopian communities started in the mid-nineteenth century United States. In History of the Hopedale Community, community leader Adin Ballou provides a detailed record of the successes, failures, hopes, and disappointments of a small group of people attempting to live together harmoniously, in accordance with "their ideal of what human life and human society upon the earth ought to be."

This new edition features a newly restored map of Hopedale, many explanatory notes on the text, and a table of the members, drawn from the membership records of the community.

Catalog No. BE-02
ISBN 978-0-9725017-1-2
Publisher: Blackstone Editions
Pages: xxxi + 190

Christian Non-Resistance

Adin Ballou

Price: $20.00

In Christian Non-Resistance (1846) Adin Ballou set out his vision of a world in which nations would glory not in military might but in "superior justice, forbearance, meekness, forgiveness, charity," and beneficent order could be maintained without violence. Once dismissed as a relic of the na´ve and sentimental optimism of pre-Civil War America, it is now recognized as an important contribution to the theory of nonviolent resistance. Ballou's combination of the utmost moral resistance to evil with the uninjurious physical restraint of evildoers provides a conceptually simple, flexible approach to the problem of resisting evil without becoming evil oneself.

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Price: $6.00

Catalog No. BE-01
ISBN 978-0-9725017-0-5
Publisher: Blackstone Editions
Pages: xxix + 267

Practical Christianity

An epitome of Practical Christian Socialism by Adin Ballou

Edited and arranged by Lynn Gordon Hughes

Price: $25.00

Practical Christian Socialism (1854) was Adin Ballou's most comprehensive exposition of his fundamental principles and their application to personal and community life, ranging from theology and political theory to marriage, child-rearing, and a surprisingly frank discussion of sexuality.

In Practical Christianity, Ballou's 655-page treatise has been edited to eliminate the cumbersome dialogue form in which it was originally written. All of the language is Ballou's own, and nothing is omitted except a final section in which he compared Practical Christian Socialism to competing varieties of utopian socialism.

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Price: $7.50

Catalog No. BE-07
ISBN 978-0-9725017-4-3
Publisher: Blackstone Editions
Pages: xii + 83

Hopedale Reminiscences

Childhood Memories of the Hopedale Community and the Hopedale Home School, 1841-1863

Price: $10.00

This little book is devoted to remembering the "good old days" of living in the utopian community of Hopedale, Massachusetts during the 1840s and 1850s. The pleasures and hardships of living in a village devoted to re-creating society in a non-violent, cooperative and equitable way are examined, often humorously, through the eyes of its children.

Eleven sketches by people who had been children during Community days were published as Hopedale Reminiscences in 1910. These sketches form the core of this book. To this has been added a chapter from the autobiography William F. Draper, the son of Ballou's nemesis George Draper; the proceedings of a reunion of the Home School from 1867; and a list of the students and faculty of the school.

Catalog No. BE-03
ISBN 978-0-9725017-2-9
Publisher: Blackstone Editions
Pages: 32
Hard cover with dust jacket

To Live a Truer Life

A Story of the Hopedale Community

Written by Lynn Gordon Hughes
Illustrated by Lindro (Linda Rogers)

Price: $10.00

Hopedale, Massachusetts in 1855 is a town unlike any other. Everyone who lives there has promised never to kill, hate, or hurt another human being - not even their worst enemy. There are no rich people and no poor people. Everyone has a job to do, and everyone shares.

This picture book presents the Hopedale Community through the eyes of one if its youngest members, eight-year-old Susie Thwing. Her job is to deliver the mail to everyone in Hopedale and sell the special pink Hopedale Penny Post stamps. In this book, young readers can join Susie as she makes her rounds and shows what makes her town so special.


Catalog No. FAB-01
Pages: 28

On Non-Resistance

Price: $3.00

This pamphlet contains two of Adin Ballou's most important short works on Christian Non-Resistance, "Learn to Discriminate" and "Christian Non-Resistance in Extreme Cases."

In "Learn to Discriminate," Ballou addresses common misconceptions about his form of pacifism. In a few short pages he explains the difference "between no resistance of evil at all, and Non-Resistance of evil with evil... between physical force and injurious force... between law and right... between obedience and submission to goverment."

In "Christian Non-Resistance in Extreme Cases" Ballou argues that, even in "extreme cases," non-resistance "is best for us, best for our offending fellow creatures, and best for all mankind."

Catalog No. FAB-02
Pages: 20

On Race and Slavery

Price: $3.00

"Call to Abolitionism" from The Autobiography of Adin Ballou
"The Evils of Slavery and Racism" from Discourse on the Subject of American Slavery, July 4, 1837

Adin Ballou was an eloquent and passionate voice not only against slavery, but against the racism that allowed so many Americans to accept it with equanimity. In his Fourth of July address in 1837, he described the horrors of slavery, proposed specific steps to be taken to admit African Americans to full citizenship, and answered some common objections to immediate emancipation. To those who would send free blacks to "colonize" Africa, he retorted, "They are as much in their own country as we are. Their ancestors came from Africa, ours from Europe; and here we are in the red man's country. If there is to be any shipping off without consent, we had better let the Indian say who shall be sent home."

Catalog No. FAB-03
Pages: 20

Capital Punishment and The Superiority of Moral Power over Political Power

Price: $3.00

In "Capital Punishment: Reasons for Immediate Abolition," Ballou asks, "To whom will the putting to death of the criminal do any good?" He answers: "It will preserve no one's life, that could not just as surely be preserved by the judicious confinement of the criminal. It will not help God's administration of justice. It will not restore the murdered person to life. It will give no comfort to the murdered one's surviving friends, unless they are depraved enough to find comfort in retaliation... Many have been put to death who were afterwards ascertained beyond doubt to be innocent. Then their judges and executioners would have given worlds for the power to reverse the fatal sentence. But there was no remedy - no reparation."

In the second of the essays in this pamphlet, Ballou contrasts moral power, "the power which operates on the affections, passions, reason, and moral sentiments of mankind, and thereby controls them without physical force," with political power, the power of the state which rests ultimately on the recourse to coercive force.

Note Cards

Catalog No. FAB-21
4.25" x 5.5"

Peace on Earth Note Cards

8 cards and envelopes
Price: $5.00

Catalog No. FAB-20
4.25" x 5.5"

Hopedale Scenes Note Cards

Photographs by Marcia Matthews

Available in package of 8 designs, or select 8 of one design. Click on an image to see a larger view.

8 cards and envelopes
Price: $5.00

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