In the 1840s, Boston's West Roxbury suburb -- which was completely rural at the time -- was home to an experiment in transcendentalist utopian living: the Brook Farm community. The idea was to create an environment of balance and equality. But as is often the case when a group of people unprepared for the realities of living off the land try to live off the land, the Brook Farm Community wasn't a completely successful endeavor.
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Episode link: Heaven On Earth: The Brook Farm Community
Holly took the research lead:
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts. "Brook Farm Historic Site, West Roxbury." http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/brookfarmbrochure.pdf
- Dunn, Beth. "5 19th-Century Utopian Communities in the United States." History. Jan. 22, 2013. http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/5-19th-century-utopian-communities-in-the-united-states
- McEmrys, Aaron. "Brook Farm." Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society. http://www25.uua.org/uuhs/duub/articles/brookfarm.html
- Smith, Bonnie Hurd. "The Women of Brook Farm." Boston Women's Heritage Trail. http://bwht.org/brook-farm/
- Swift, Linda. "Brook Farm: Its Members, Scholars and Visitors." Macmillan. 1900. http://books.google.com/books?id=AQWrc3GdTrcC&dq=Brook+Farm:+Its+Members,+Scholars,+and+Visitors&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=WqQISt6FHYbDtwfpuPiPBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4