We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America

We Are As Gods Back to the Land in the s on the Quest for a New America At the dawn of the s waves of hopeful idealists abandoned the city and headed for the country convinced that a better life awaited They were full of dreams mostly lacking in practical skills a

  • Title: We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America
  • Author: Kate Daloz
  • ISBN: 9781610392259
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At the dawn of the 1970s, waves of hopeful idealists abandoned the city and headed for the country, convinced that a better life awaited They were full of dreams, mostly lacking in practical skills, and soon utterly out of money But they knew paradise when they saw it.When Loraine, Craig, Pancake, Hershe, and a dozen of their friends came into possession of 116 acres inAt the dawn of the 1970s, waves of hopeful idealists abandoned the city and headed for the country, convinced that a better life awaited They were full of dreams, mostly lacking in practical skills, and soon utterly out of money But they knew paradise when they saw it.When Loraine, Craig, Pancake, Hershe, and a dozen of their friends came into possession of 116 acres in Vermont, they had big plans to grow their own food, build their own shelter, and create an enlightened community They had little idea that at the same moment, all over the country, a million other young people were making the same move back to the land.We Are As Gods follows the Myrtle Hill commune as its members enjoy a euphoric Free Love summer Nearby, a fledgling organic farm sets to work with horses, and a couple the author s parents attempts to build a geodesic dome Yet Myrtle Hill s summer ends in panic as they rush to build shelter while they struggle to reconcile their ideals with the somber realities of physical hardship and shifting priorities especially when one member goes dangerously rogue.Kate Daloz has written a meticulously researched testament to the dreams of a generation disillusioned by their parents lifestyles, scarred by the Vietnam War, and yearning for rural peace Shaping everything from our eating habits to the Internet, the 1970s Back to the Land movement is one of the most influential yet least understood periods in recent history We Are As Gods sheds light on one generation s determination to change their own lives and, in the process, to change the world.

    One thought on “We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America”

    1. Kate Daloz's "We Are As Gods: Back to the Land in the 1970s on the Quest for a New America" is an interesting look at the communal living movement of the 1970's. The characters are interesting; it is well-researched and it flows well. It is interesting to read about the communal living movement. Many people nowadays think of pot and bell bottoms when they think of the counterculture movement of the seventies, they do not realize what other ideals were also embraced during the movement, so books [...]

    2. Very interesting book about the Back to the Land movement in early 1970s America. I loved how it blended personal tales with a history of communes. This world is significant to me because, like the author, I sprung from this movement. It is not due to Mainer ancestry that I was born in mid coast Maine (in the mid 1970s). My parents were too cool to be commune people though, just Back to the Landers.

    3. I enjoyed this well researched and written book . The author as a child lived next door to a small Northeast Kingdom VT commune . She and her parents, former Peace Corp volunteers, were friends with them. Told as a story that spanned many years about the goings on with the backdrop of back to earth movement of the time. yes and even Bernie Sanders makes an appearance.Library Journal Review reviewsbraryjournal/201I enjoy these little slices of life from this time period. One from a few years late [...]

    4. We Are As Gods follows the creation of several communes in Vermont in the early 1970s and the people who lived there. Kate Daloz, the daughter of two of the subjects in the book, writes with fondness and admiration of the people and the Back to the Land counterculture. It was an intriguing read especially considering my own parents' recollections of being hippies, and I felt my own admiration of the people grow through Daloz' words. Towards the end, I was really hoping for a "Where Are They Now" [...]

    5. Daloz tells the story of one back-to-the-land Vermont commune of the 1970s which can probably stand in for many similar social experiments. Daloz (born mid 1970s) presents the story of her childhood at “Myrtle Hill” (the pseudonym she chooses for her childhood home), beginning with the story of the years before her birth when the commune was founded. She relies on interviews with her parents and their old commune friends and, sometimes, as commune life goes, former friends. The author does a [...]

    6. So this took me a long time to read, but it was a great book to fall back into and i could just pick it up anytime and be right back there with the maple trees and domes and the whole earth catalogue, so that was a huge comfort. This mostly tells the story of the author's parents and the Myrtle Farm commune, and their adjoining neighbours, the struggles and joys of this one particular group of back-to-the-landers. But it also covers the broader story of that generation and that movement, and the [...]

    7. Engrossing history of the counterculture movement and communal living in the Seventies. Look for my review in an upcoming issue of Library Journal.

    8. We Are as Gods is a group portrait of one generation’s dreams and delusions of getting “back to the land.” Karen Daloz, who grew up in a geodesic dome that her parents built on a Vermont hill and who knew the hippies from the neighborhood commune, plots a clear path through the rise and fall of the communards, taking in the west coast, Colorado’s famous Drop City, and many other cobbled-together utopias in Tennessee and New England. She never loses sight of the chief wonder of the era: t [...]

    9. I loved this book completely! Kate did a wonderful job portraying both a historical movement and telling a richly detailed true story involving memorable characters. I found myself laying down the book to reflect more about all the social and political issues she raised about this time, my own childhood in the NEK. I admit it was slightly surreal to recognize people and places from my childhood with now an adult perspective. Experiences that I had on the fringes of the "back to the land" movemen [...]

    10. Fairly good history of the back to the land movement of the early 1970s. I work in a nature program so reading this book brought out a lot of familiar tropes I have heard at work. The getting back to basics, freeing oneself from urban mass society, living simply, and taking care of the environment along with the fascination with food taboos (nothing artificial or animal like). It is the history of the ur environmental hipster who is alive and well here in the second decade of the 21st century. V [...]

    11. One of the best books i've read in a very long time. A great writer with a deft way of weaving personal stories, U.S. history, and sociology. What a fascinating time in this country! So interesting & influential. I was incredibly drawn into the lives of these people (and how their bravery & crazy audacity has impacted my life big time).I'll be loaning or gifting this one to a lot of peoplecluding the latest generation to go back to the land (the 30-somethings up in Oregon).

    12. It's not that there was any problem with the book, rather it just didn't tell the story that I thought it would. fedpeaches/2016/0

    13. I didn't live this life, but I know people who did, and I know people who live very near where this particular commune was, so it was very compelling for me to read about it. Through the lens of one commune, located in northern Vermont, the author sheds light on the whole back-to-the-land movement in the 1970's in the U.S. Which was the largest city to country demographic shift in our history. She does a really good job of describing the people involved and also describing the conditions that th [...]

    14. Fascinating HistoryA huge movement that I personally missed but find so interesting is laid out with what I suspect is mostly realism coupled with pleasant memories. Enormously interesting research and detail, and brings to life an era that greatly influences us today. Some experiments evolve and the exurban movement is one. Recommend and the lessons learned will stay with you --

    15. The writing is excellent, both as a story and as an insight into what led people to commit so deeply to the back to the land idea, to the lessons they learned, and how it affected their lives afterword. But, I think, you have to be interested in the back to the land idea, or in the evolution of rural Vermont, to fully appreciate the book.

    16. Absolutely excellent. Read if you are interested in Vermont history, American history, the back-to-the-land movement, or the 1970s. So good!

    17. We Are as Gods is a fascinating history of a time we're just far enough away from to be able to examine critically; the story of the Back-to-the-Land movement of the 1970s provides necessary context not only for the contemporary locavore, farm-to-table, DIY movements, but also, indirectly, for the pendulum-swing toward conservatism of national politics. It's helpful to grasp the nature and scope of the threat that the counterculture posed in order to understand the extremity of the conservative [...]

    18. I received this book from First Reads in exchange for an honest reviewI had high, high hopes for this book. Reading the description of it interested me greatly. Yet, just getting through the introduction was a pain in the rear end. The following chapters didn't enlighten my disgruntled mood either. By the time I reached the half-way point of this book, I gave up all hope. It became a lost cause for me.It could be the author's writing style, the way the details and information was explained, the [...]

    19. This delightful book is well researched and flows beautifully between the many layers of the history of the Back to the Land movement of the 1970's. Ms. Daloz holds the people she writes about with great care and is also lovingly able to unveil their foibles and failings. I live in co-housing and stand on the shoulders of the people who went before me in rejecting the questionable values of their culture and returning to a simpler way of living. It gets really messy sometimes! Thank you, Ms. Dal [...]

    20. This book should be a best seller! It is a compelling look into the back to the land movement of the 1970's which includes a scholarly look at the movement on a national scale, an in depth look at one commune in the area known as the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and a lesser look into how the author's own parents fit into this movement. I simply couldn't put it down as I was caught up in the lives, and both failures and successes, of these young people. I was also fascinated by the author's ins [...]

    21. Beautiful and timely story. The coincidences are amazing - I was a peripheral participant in these stories, but a central participant in the bigger story Daloz tells so well. Yes, I know her parents and most of the people she writes about--but I never knew many of these tales, so lovingly and clearly rendered. And I have just published my own book that chronicles a few of the same events. Please visit organic-revolutionary.

    22. I'm deducting an imaginary half-star for spelling errors. Writers and editors -- you can't rely 100% on spell check! Discrete and discreet are not the same words; neither are meditation and mediation. That said, I really loved this book -- it's beautifully written and the author does such a wonderful job of showing how the small story of the individuals and places focused on tie into larger national stories and trends. It's very involving and such a poignant tale.

    23. This is a book by a daughter of a couple who left comfortable suburban upbringings in the 70s to go live in rural Vermont. They did not live on a commune themselves, but there were two nearby. They raised their children in a counterculture atmosphere and now their child explores her parents and their friends' experience. She portrays the good that happened as well as not shying away from the problems.

    24. I loved this book! I grew up in this area where the main story takes place. I had no idea really the magnitude of accomplishments the Myrtle Hill and Entropy Acres settlers would bring to this area. Thanks to Kate Daloz for sharing this personal account of times for many. It was so well written, I could not put it down.

    25. This is a fantastic read, excellently researched including projects and the life of communes in the 70s. It was an exciting time and we could learn so much from it. Although I took this as a break from political reading it seems I cannot escape it- several mentions of Bernie in this story.

    26. I don't generally read non-fiction but this book was very interesting and informative and told real people's stories during a time in American history not so far back that I really knew nothing about. I really enjoyed it!

    27. This warm-hearted but clear-eyed history of the back to the land counterculture movement of the early 70s was surprisingly engrossing from start to finish.

    28. I love the history of the back to the land movement and Daloz presents a clear eyed and personal account of several families who headed to Vermont in the 70's. Very engaging book.

    29. Very well researched; balanced perspective on the pros and cons of communal living and human nature. Really good read!

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *