A unique commune was established in Georgia in 1896. Its founders had come from among Christian Socialist circles and they intended to create an open, nonselective communitarian society. These circles had been formed within the radical sects of the social Christians in the last two decades of the nineteenth century. 1 Its most prominent personality was the Reverend George Herron of Indiana. He was a Congregationalist minister who had achieved fame in the 1880s through his passionate preaching against the foundations and values of capitalist society, and who tried to reach those socialists who were attracted to religion. Traveling widely, he gave lectures in working-class circles and they became his followers. During the 1890s he published eight books in which he expressed his Christian Socialist theories. He attacked capitalism as based on private property, avarice, greed, and exploitation.