Revisiting Nashoba: Slavery, Utopia, and Frances Wright in America, 1818-1826

  title={Revisiting Nashoba: Slavery, Utopia, and Frances Wright in America, 1818-1826},
  author={Gail Bederman},
  journal={American Literary History},
  pages={438 - 459}
  • Gail Bederman
  • Published 29 July 2005
  • History
  • American Literary History
In 1825, Frances Wright, British author and protegee of the aging Marquis de Lafayette, proposed an antislavery experiment that became known as Nashoba. Although Nashoba soon failed, it has made its way into the broad narrative of U.S. history (and many U.S. history textbooks) as an inspiring interracial Utopia—a noble, if transient, step on the road to abolitionism and racial equality. As one recent textbook puts it, “Influenced by Robert Owen and New Harmony, Frances Wright established an… 

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