Morbidly Excited Soils: Agricultural Science, Diet Reform, and Environmental Epistemologies in Antebellum Communal Settlements

Molly Reed

Cornell University

Molly Reed is a PhD candidate in History at Cornell University. She works on environmental and cultural history in the nineteenth-century United States, with a focus on social reform movements, communalism, and agriculture. The title of her dissertation is “Ecology of Utopia: Environmental Discourse and Practice in Antebellum Communal Settlements.” 


My paper considers the interplay between dietary and hygienic reforms and agricultural practices among utopian socialist antebellum reformers. In his 1849 Lectures, diet reformer Sylvester Graham described the “depraving... [ view full abstract ]


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