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Periodical: The Social Revolutionist

Summary  From Pat Deveney's database:

Social Revolutionist, The.
A Medium for the Free Discussion of General Principles and Practical Measures, Pertaining to Human Progress and General Well-Being.
1856-1858 Monthly
Greenville, then Berlin Heights, OH. Publisher: Rising Star Association. Editor: John S. Patterson; William Denton; C.M. Overton.
Succeeds: Nichols' Monthly Succeeded by: Vanguard
1/1, January 1856-January 1858.

This was a radical socialist journal that functioned as one of the leading organs of the "Sex Radicals" of the time. It was published by the Rising Star Association of Darke County, Ohio, a radical exponent of Individual Sovereignty that is better known from the location of its second home, Berlin Heights, Ohio, where Thomas L. and Mary Nichols had already moved their radical community. The journal bought the mailing list of Nichols' Monthly, a similarly inclined journal that was foundering as the Nichols were converting to Catholicism, and began explicitly to preach free love. The result was predictable: the issue for November 1857 was burned by a mob, and the journal expired two months later. John Humphrey Noyes quotes C.M. Overton, the editor of The Social Revolutionist, on what he saw as the necessary connection between spiritualism and free love:

    "Free Love is a doctrine of Spiritualism. I say of Spiritualism, not of Spiritualists. Many recognize the facts of Spiritualism who know little of its philosophy. But will any intelligent Spiritualist deny that the concurrent testimony of the spheres proves that their inhabitants are controlled in their love relations not by arbitrary outside authority but by the law of attraction, affinity or Free Love? Is it not a conceded fact that the angels do not have to be hauled up before a magistrate to legalize their marriages? How supremely ridiculous the idea that the men and women of Paradise live together on the cat and dog principle because it wouldn't be respectable to separate! They are not so generous there as to sacrifice their individual happiness for the good of the community. They are not so senseless there as to stay together and scratch and pull hair from a sense of duty to their children or other members of the community, when these other members are doing the same thing from the same laudable motive! The fact that they break up false relations there and form new ones is as well established and is just as much a part of the Spiritual or Harmonic Philosophy as the doctrine of Endless Progression." John Humphrey Noyes, the Putney Community (ed. G.W. Noyes, Oneida, NY, 1931), chapter 19.

There are elements of spiritualism in the journal, and A.J. Davis contributed to it. Columbia University microfilm; Yale University; University of Minnesota; Bowling Green State University; Western Reserve Historical Society; Texas Tech University; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Issues:Social Revolutionist V1 N1 Jan 1856
Social Revolutionist V1 N2 Feb 1856
Social Revolutionist V1 N3 Mar 1856
Social Revolutionist V1 N4 Apr 1856
Social Revolutionist V1 N5 May 1856
Social Revolutionist V1 N6 Jun 1856
Social Revolutionist V2 N1 Jul 1856
Social Revolutionist V2 N2 Aug 1856
Social Revolutionist V2 N3 Sep 1856
Social Revolutionist V2 N4 Oct 1856
Social Revolutionist V2 N5 Nov 1856
Social Revolutionist V2 N6 Dec 1856
Social Revolutionist V3 N4 Apr 1857
Social Revolutionist V4 N2 Aug 1857

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