Soil and the Soul: The Healing Effects of Farming in Nineteenth-Century America

Meldon, Perri S.

This thesis uses the example of almshouses, mental hospitals, and Transcendentalist utopian communities to examine the rise, fall, and recurring cycle of the belief that farming was a cure for society's ills in nineteenth-century America. It argues that sowing the ground and working with the soil was considered good for the soul, according to these institutions and communities. With a... read more

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