The Creswell Chronicle, “OFFBEAT HISTORY: Anarchist newspaper editors jailed for publishing ‘naughty’ articles”

The editors and writers of Anarchist-Communist newspaper, The Firebrand, published in Portland and distributed nationwide from 1895 to 1897, surely expected to get some resistance from the establishment. They may even have expected to be arrested, possibly even charged with sedition or treason.

But they surely didn’t expect that when their publication was shut down, it would be for criticizing the institution of matrimony.

That’s what happened, though. The wide-open town of Portland reacted to their strident advocacy of revolution and regime change with a collective yawn; but when they started advocating ignoring the laws of marriage, well, that was going just a little too far.

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