PST: Brook Farm, Wild West Style, by Stewart Holbrook (from The American Mercury, August 1943)

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This is an episode in our weekly series titled 'Primary Source Tuesday.' Each Tuesday we have a reading from a particularly interesting historical item. Sometimes it's a historical tidbit that wasn't quite beefy enough to make a full column out of; other times, an especially interesting old newspaper article; frequently it's a short story from one of the frontier literary magazines that thrived in Oregon at the end of the 19th century. Today it's 'Brook Farm, Wild West Style,' an account of a Puget Sound anarchists' commune (with some key residents who fled thence from Portland after being convicted of peddling 'smut' in the form of commentary critical of the institution of marriage), written by the legendary Oregon Country raconteur Stewart Holbrook and first published in the August 1943 issue of The American Mercury. You can find and read the article, and the rest of the issue, at https://www.unz.com/print/AmMercury-1943aug-00216/

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