F. A. Unus

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F. A. Unus (possibly Ferdinand Alfred Unus) was the author of the "Eureka Platform" (1880), on which basis a secret society was alleged to have been formed. We find a cited reference in the Exponent (1916) to an F. A. Unus, described an elderly school teacher from Queen's County, New York, residing in California during the 1870-80s, who protested against the establishment of "Normal Schools" (teaching colleges), and refers to having written a book with subject material resembling that of the "Eureka Platform".[1] There was further a state senate petition entered by F. A. Unus of Los Angeles in 1876, arguing that the State Normal School was "flooding the state with teachers," and urging for an act be passed to pay all unemployed teachers half-pay.[2]

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  1. Wells, Charles E. (1916), "Ancient History", Exponent (Los Angeles, Calif.: State Normal School of Los Angeles): 50-52, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc2.ark:/13960/t06w9q70v;view=1up;seq=60 
  2. "Petitions. In Senate. Wednesday, March 1st, 1876.", Journal of the Senate During the Twenty-First Session of the Legislature of the State of California, 1875-6, Sacramento: State Printing Office, 1876, p. 332, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015067963978;view=1up;seq=336