Research Project (American History)

Brook Farm

Brook Farm, also called the Brook Farm Institute of Agriculture and Education[4] or the Brook Farm Association for Industry and Education,[5] was a utopian experiment in communal living in the United States in the 1840s. It was founded by former Unitarian minister George Ripley and his wife Sophia Ripley at the Ellis Farm in West Roxbury, Massachusetts (9 miles outside of downtown Boston) in 1841 and was inspired in part by the ideals of Transcendentalism, a religious and cultural philosophy based in New England. Founded as a joint stock company, it promised its participants a portion of the profits from the farm in exchange for performing an equal share of the work. Brook Farmers believed that by sharing the workload, ample time would be available for leisure activities and intellectual pursuits.


An idealistic Philosophical and social movement that developed in New England around 1836 in reaction to rationalism

Biggest Idea from the utopian movement

To make a perfect society

Transcendentalism Authors

Noah Webster

1. Wrote the first Dictionary

2. Taught Children how to read and write

3. Felt that there should be copyright laws and dictionary

Henry D. Thoreau

1. an American author, poet, Naturalist, and historian.

2. Pushed for a better government

3. Thoreau was an ardent and outspoken abolitionist, serving as a conductor on the underground railroad to help escaped slaves make their way to Canada.

Edgar Allen Poe

1. an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic.


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