AN ASSASSIN IN UTOPIA with Susan Wels and Ellen Wayland-Smith

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An Assassin in Utopia tells the true, interlocking stories of the Oneida Community—a free-love community in upstate New York—and its radical founder, an eccentric newspaper publisher, President James Garfield, and a one-time member of the Oneida Community—Charles Julius Guiteau—who assassinated him.

Set against a vivid backdrop of ambition, hucksterism, epidemics, and spectacle, the book’s interwoven stories fuse together in the climactic murder of President Garfield—at the same time as the Oneida Community collapsed. Colorful and compelling, An Assassin in Utopia is an odyssey through America’s nineteenth-century cultural and political landscape.
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Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers.

Show Details

Dates: One Night Only: April 11, 2023
Location: The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

Parking: 385 Farmington Avenue,



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