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Free Love and Spiritualism in Ripon

Dateline: Ripon, Wis., 1844. Ripon can claim fame as the birthplace of the Republican Party (see below), but only four years earlier it had been home to a utopian socialist commune. See photos and learn about idealist Francois Charles Marie Fourier, whose vision lay behind not just the experiment in Ripon but also Brook Farm, made famous in Hawthorne's Blithedale Romance. To learn the fate of the communal long house, consult Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles.
:: Posted in Odd Lives on March 3, 2004
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