Modern Times was hacked out of Islip Town’s pine barrens in 1851 by Warren and Andrews, an unconventional radical lawyer and ardent women’s rights advocate. It was Andrews who, in 1853, drew the backing of radical free-love advocates Thomas Low Nichols and his wife, Mary Gove. Gove and Nichols, New Yorkers who lived for a time at Modern Times, were nationally known for their strident demands for total sexual freedom in or out of marriage – including a woman’s right to choose the fathers of her children.
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