Albert Brisbane was born into a moderately wealthy landowning family in Batavia, New York.
This text is primarily an autobiography, written by Albert Brisbane. His wife Redelia contributed a character study of her husband, which comprises the first chapter of the book.
Referring to his discovery of Fourierism, Brisane explains that "Now for the first time I had come across an idea which I had never met before--the idea of dignifying and rendering attractive the manual labors of mankind" (172).
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