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A Downwright Gabbler, or a Goose That Deserves to Be Hissed
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James Akin (1773–1846)
A Downwright Gabbler, or a Goose That Deserves to Be Hissed
Lithograph, hand-colored
Philadelphia: J. Akin, 1830s
NYPL, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, Print Collection

Frances Wright, a philanthropist of Scottish birth, founded Nashoba, in Tennessee, as a utopian community to educate slaves in preparation for freedom. Lacking proper planning, it became a large mud puddle full of tree stumps and only a few half-finished buildings. Wright’s friend, the writer Frances Trollope, who had hoped to teach there, later described it: “Desolation was the only feeling—the only word that presented itself.” Nashoba was abandoned, but Frances Wright persevered with a speaking tour promoting her utopian ideals; although she was a marvelous public speaker, her ideas prompted caricatures such as this one.

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