Meet Massachusetts’ most famous 19th century individualist anarchist and free love advocate
WGBH - 08/05/2016
If you think that the notion of “free love” was an idea born out of the 1960s—think again. In fact, free love caused quite the stir at Faneuil Hall this week, way back in the 1870s—when thousands gathered for a so-called indignation meeting in support of Ezra Heywood.
“He was a wonderful character, quite idiosyncratic,” said Marty Blatt, director of Northeastern University’s public history program, who’s published a biography of Heywood. “He’s a perfectionist. He believes that human society can be perfected. He’s a spiritualist, he’s an optimist, and he has relentless energy for radical causes.”