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Frances Wright
1795 - 1852

Scottish-born American orator, feminist, socialist, social reformer, author of Views of Society and Manners in America (1821). Undaunted by her failures, including her socialist experiment in establishing a colony in Tennessee for free blacks called Nashoba, Wright toured America and Europe much of her life railing against religion, marriage, slavery, unequal treatment of women, and unequal distribution of property.


... liberty means, not the mere voting at elections, but the free and fearless exercise of the mental faculties and that self-posession which springs out of well-reasoned opinions and consistence practice.

Jul. 4, 1828 - from her Independence Day address at New Harmony, Indiana