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Novus Ordo Seclorum

Novus Ordo Seclorum

Experiments in Reordering Society

(p.156) 07 Novus Ordo Seclorum
The Aliites
Spencer Dew
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines three Aliite social experiments, the Moorish National Home run by Charles Kirkman Bey’s MSTA organization, the Nuwaubian Yamassee settlement of Tama-Re, and the dream among present members of the Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah for a reservation, utopian projects real, imagined, and hoped for, all examples of Aliite self-determination though all also involving negotiation with the power of the state. Testified to, memorialized, and anticipated, these three social experiments model the benefits of nationality adhered to and authentically manifested in community. Understood as part of the work of citizenship, these social experiments are read by Aliites as proof of the possibility of an alternative America, one reordered in accord with true law.

Keywords:   utopianism, Moorish National Home, Tama-Re, citizenship, law, self-determination

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