Lyn Millner’s excellent history of the Koreshan Unity, The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet, made use of many heretofore inaccessible primary sources about the Koreshans. One of these was Elwin E. Damkohler’s scarce pamphlet Estero, Fla., 1882: Memoirs of the First Settler (Fort Myers Beach, Florida: Island Press, 1967). As Millner recounts, Elwin and his father Gustave were convinced by Teed and the Koreshans to legally sign the title to their lands over to the community. This reprint is Elwin’s bitter memories of the Koreshans, excerpted here from his extremely rare pamphlet.
American Communal Societies Quarterly
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