left his son in charge while he carried on his business in Britain.
Owen taught at the school and published the journal, New Harmony
Gazette and worked closely with the feminist, Fanny Wright.
also worked together on the Free Enquirer. In the journal Owen
and Wright advocated socialism, the abolition of slavery, universal
suffrage, free secular education, birth control, changes in
the marriage and divorce laws. Wright and Owen also became involved
in the radical Workingmen's Party.
to Indiana in 1832 and was elected to the Indiana Legislature
(1836-38) and the House of Representatives (1845-47). In Congress
he advocated the allocation of government funds for public schools.
Owen was appointed as charge d'affaires at Naples and two years
later became the minister to Italy. On his return to the United
States in 1858 he became an outspoken opponent of slavery. During
the American Civil War Owen urged Abraham Lincoln to force the
South to emancipate the slaves. He wrote two books on the subject,
The Policy of Emancipation (1863) and The Wrong of Slavery (1864).
Owen, who also wrote a novel, Beyond the Breakers (1870) and
an autobiography, Threading My Way (1874), died at Lake George,
New York, on 24th June, 1877.