Shaping the Social Contract: Insights from the Women of Brook Farm

Performance and Community Discussion presented by New Brook Farm and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2:00 pm  –  Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge MA 02138

Women played an important role in the Brook Farm transcendentalist utopian community in the 1840s, where they enjoyed rights and privileges equal to the male members of the community. After the demise of Brook Farm, many went on to become active in the suffrage and abolitionist movements.

Marianne Dwight taught art and Latin at Brook Farm

In this ‘living history’ presentation, you will meet Margaret Fuller, Sophia Ripley, and other remarkable women who joined and visited this short-lived but influential community.  How did they understand and live the “social contract” at Brook Farm and afterward?

Then, join a discussion of the social contract in the 21st century. What are the threads that connect women’s suffrage to #MeToo? Abolitionism to Black Lives Matter? What are our rights and responsibilities as members of a diverse community?

Dr. Kerri Greenidge, interim Director of American Studies at Tufts University and co-director of the African American Trail Project at the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, will set the stage for the presentation and guide the discussion.

Admission is free. Refreshments provided.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities. We are grateful to the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women for helping bring our presentation to the Cambridge Public Library.