Thursday, December 20, 2007

Presidential pardon for US free love advocate

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1878 Ezra Heywood (1829 - 189?), North American individualist anarchist, slavery abolitionist, and feminist, imprisoned for 'obscenity' in the previous June for his advocacy of 'free love', was pardoned by US President Rutherford Hayes after popular agitation for his release.

After the Civil War, the abolitionist Heywood had turned his attention towards the labor movement and, eventually, towards free love.

The Heywoods' The Word, subtitled A Monthly Journal of Reform, was connected to radical individualism both through its editors and through its contributors, who included Josiah Warren, Benjamin Tucker, and JK Ingalls ...

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