Brook Farm By: Alex Lindsey Megan Cantwell What is it? • Experimental community in Roxbury, Massachusetts started by George Ripley. • Goal was to provide opportunities for self- realization. • Focus on creating an Utopian society. How’d they work? • All residents did the same amount of work and had equal amounts of leisure. • Separated from outside world. • Thought they’d make America better by “helping individuals bridge the gap between the world of intellect and learning, and the world of instinct and nature.” Community perspective? • Nathaniel Hawthorne was an original member of the community. • He expressed his beliefs about the society through his writings. • The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne • He described in his book the disastrous consequences of the experiment on the people there. Why weren’t they successful? • The obvious difference between the idea of individual freedom and trying to form a “communal society” caused Brook Farm to fail. • Many residents left when a fire destroyed the main building of the community (1847) and the experiment dissolved.
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