The early years of the 20th century were hopeful times. Women marched for their rights, people traveled to unsettled areas of the country to make their fortunes (and there still were unsettled areas), inventions were making news and changing the way of life for us all.
I grew up some fifty years into that hopeful century, and heard all my life the stories of the courageous men and women who had founded my little town in hopes of changing the world through a new economic system that would operate through small taxation of land and no other tax. The Single Tax plan, devised and espoused by Henry George in his book Progress and Poverty in the late 19th century, inspired a band of followers who created a utopian colony in a magnificent setting on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay in Alabama, a town which still thrives although its utopian heritage has all but disappeared. In its early days it had attracted many well known intellectuals and gadflies, and I always had a vivid picture of what life might have been like it those times.
In my early 70s I wrote a novel set in that world, expecting maybe to become kind of a Grandma Moses of writers, painting primitive pictures of memories and forgotten dreams from recent history. I tell a story of a young woman from Hoboken who travels south to teach in this unique town at the school founded by visionary educator Marietta Johnson (a real person, one of history's forgotten heroes). She finds happiness by learning from the utopian world and adapting its revolutionary ideas to her own llfe.
My book That Was Tomorrow has been out in paperback and as an eBook for a couple of years. It got great reviews on amazon, mostly thanks to enthusiastic friends from Facebook, and has been selling steadily in my hometown, although unknown outside it. The readers most interested seem to be from far-flung places, and many never heard of the Single Tax experiment or the progressive educational system around which the book revolves.
That Was Tomorrow is now being offered as an eBook for a mere $1.99. If it sounds interesting to you, check out those glowing amazon reviews--I promise they weren't written by me--and add this to your summer reading. I'd love to know if you like it!