Frances Wright (September 6, 1795 – December 13, 1852) also widely known as Fanny Wright, was a Scottish-born lecturer, writer, freethinker, feminist, abolitionist, and social reformer, who became a U. S. citizen in 1825. That year she founded the Nashoba Commune in Tennessee as a utopian community to prepare slaves for emancipation, intending to create an egalitarian place, but it lasted only three years. Her Views of Society and Manners in America (1821) brought her the most attention as a critique of the new nation.
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... Wright traveled to the United States in 1818 at the age of 23, and with her younger sister toured the country for two years before returning to Scotland ... Along with Robert Owen, Wright demanded that the government offer free boarding schools ... in America what the utopian socialist Charles Fourier had said in France, "that the progress of civilization depended on the progress of women." Wright was the co-founder of the Free ...
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