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Utopian Socialism in Sangamon County

A brief experiment in the 1840s near Loami brought the ideals of “utopian socialism” to Sangamon County. The experiment, called the Sangamon Association and then the Integral Phalanx, was based on the ideas of Charles Fourier. He believed in creating … Continue reading

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Park Sherman Company

The Park Sherman Company operated in Springfield from the early 1930s, when founder Jacob Sherman bought a plant formerly operated by the Springfield-based Shanklin Manufacturing Co., ¬†until 1960. Shanklin Manufacturing, 2725 S. 11th St., had been founded by George Shanklin, … Continue reading

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