chapter  3
Fanny Wright
Pages 8

In early January 1829 a woman ascended a platform in the city of New York to speak to an expectant audience of fifteen hundred. Although her series of six lectures covered such arcane topics as knowledge, free inquiry, and applying the "test of reason" to religious dogma, her listeners were mesmerized. Cheers echoed in the hall, crowds grew with each lecture, and people spoke of little but Frances ("Fanny") Wright, leaving the modern reader to wonder what all the excitement was about.