The Society of Universal Inquiry and Reform

Society for Universal Inquiry and Reform
The advocates of Universal Inquiry and Reform renounced all forms of coercive government, relying instead on initiating the Government of God. They were fierce critics of competitive capitalism, looking instead toward an economy based on cooperation. They experimented with new forms of education. They advocated equality for women and played important roles in the early women’s rights movement in the Old Northwest. In religion, they repudiated “sectism” and “priestcraft” for a religion of humanity that sometimes verged on atheism. Though they are less well-known than other reform groups of the time, theirs was one of the most ambitious communitarian movements of the nineteenth century.

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