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 number of ... read more
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