Rachel Louise Martin

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Rachel Louise Martin is a writer and historian based in Nashville, Tennessee. She has written for O Magazine, the Atlantic online, and CityLab, and she has PhD in women’s and gender history from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Read more at www.rachelmartinwrites.com or follow her on Twitter & Instagram: @ R_LMartin.


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The Utopian Colony Around Tennessee’s Oldest Library

The New York Times, Harper’s Weekly and The Spectator sent stringers to cover the experiment. The writer from Harper’s was so impressed, he speculated “that the coming year would witness a grand exodus of the middle classes of England.”

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When You’re the Last Remaining Member of a Failed Utopia

How do individuals hold on to their ideals in such a time?