A Home Colony

A Home Colony

by: Upton Sinclair | publication date: June 14, 1906 | Publication: The Independent | pages: 1401-1408

I suppose that the average professional man invests ten thousand dollars in a home (or else pays rent equal to interest upon that sum); and that he pays two thousand dollars a year living expenses for his family. Let a hundred such families combine to found a co-operative home, and there would be a million dollars for building and equipment, and two hundred thousand dollars a year for running expenses; I believe that for half of the outlay five hundred people could live and enjoy comforts at present possible only to millionaires.

This article consists partly of a re-print of one of Sinclair's early articles in The Independent titled "My Cause" (May 14th, 1903), where he declares that despite the many failures in his young career, he is more determined than ever to make a social impact. In the rest of the article, Sinclair talks about his experience living and raising his child on a farm and goes on to espouse his socialist ideals of communal work and living as a way to avoid the poor living conditions of the city and poor work conditions mandated by capitalism.

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