Frances Wright

Frances Wright (Fanny Wright), 1795–1852, Scottish-American reformer, later known as Mme Darusmont, b. Dundee, Scotland. After her first tour (1818–20) of the United States she wrote an enthusiastic account of her travels, Views of Society and Manners in America (1821). In 1824 she returned to the United States. Influenced by Robert Dale Owen, she founded Nashoba, a colony for free blacks, near Memphis, Tenn. After its failure she devoted herself to lecturing and publishing. She advocated equal rights for women, universal education, religious freedom, abolition, and birth control. In 1831 she married William P. Darusmont (or D'Arusmont); the marriage was dissolved in 1835.

See biographies by W. R. Waterman (1924) and A. J. G. Perkins and T. Wolfson (1939).

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Frances Wright: Selected full-text books and articles

Frances Wright, Free Enquire.: The Study of a Temperament By A. J. G. Perkins; Theresa Wolfson; Frances Wright Harper & brothers, 1972
Pre-Inception Rhetoric in the Creation of a Social Movement: The Case of Frances Wright By Voss, Cary R. W.; Rowland, Robert C Communication Studies, Vol. 51, No. 1, Spring 2000
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Escape to Utopia: The Communal Movement in America By Everett Webber Hastings House, 1959
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Seven "Frances Wright and the Emancipation of Woman"
A History of Scottish Women's Writing By Douglas Gifford; Dorothy McMillan Edinburgh University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Some Women of the Nineteenth-Century Scottish Theatre: Joanna Baillie, Frances Wright, and Helen MacGregor"
The Myth of Aunt Jemima: Representations of Race and Region By Diane Roberts Routledge, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Miss Wright, Mrs. Trollope, and Miss Martineau or, Three British Women Look at American Slavery"
Appropriate[Ing] Dress: Women's Rhetorical Style in Nineteenth-Century America By Carol Mattingly Southern Illinois University Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Frances Wright begins on p. 17
Sexual Power: Feminism and the Family in America By Carolyn Johnston University of Alabama Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Frances Wright, Victoria Woodhull, and Emma Goldman" begins on p. 75
Lafayette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolutions By Lloyd Kramer University of North Carolina Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Five "Lafayette and Women Writers: Germaine de Stael, Fanny Wright, and Cristina Belgiojoso"
Utopias and Utopians: An Historical Dictionary By Richard C. S. Trahair Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Wright, Frances" begins on p. 445
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