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Savagian, John C. "Women at Ceresco"


Women at Ceresco: After placing Ceresco in the context of American utopian experiments, author John Savagian describes gender roles in the community that flourished in Ripon, Wis. (Fond du Lac County), 1844-1849. Using a handful of surviving letters, diaries, and memoirs, he discusses how in some ways, such as women's property rights, it was more liberal than society at large, but in others, such as economic and political decision-making, it merely reflected Victorian values about women's place. Figures discussed at length include Charles Fourier (1772-1837), Albert Brisbane (1809-1890), Mary and Warren Chase (1813-1891), and Charlotte Haven. Several contemporary photographs and maps of Ceresco are reproduced. (23 pages).

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Citation: Savagian, John C. "Women at Ceresco" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 83 /Issue: 4 (1999-2000)

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