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The Domestic Manners of the Americans

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Chapters 3 and 4, in which Fanny Wright, Fanny Trollope her children and man servant, venture forth up the mighty Mississippi to Nashoba Commune. Noshoba was an experimental project of Fanny Wright initiated in 1825 to educate and emancipate slaves, located in a 2,000 acre (8 km²) woodland on the side of present-day Germantown, Tennessee, a Memphis suburb, along the Wolf River. It was a small-scale test of her full compensation emancipation plan in which no slaveholders would lose money for emancipating slaves. Instead, Wright proposed that through a system of unified labor, the slaves bought their freedom and then were transported to the emancipation settlements of Liberia and Haiti. Fanny Trollope stayed at the settlement for 48 hours before leaving Fanny Wright and continuing to Cincinati. The Nashoba Commune ended in 1828 when Fanny Wright emancipated the remaining slaves and took them to Haiti (Hayti) to live there under the protection of the President.