17 Facts About Oneida Community


Oneida Community was a perfectionist religious communal society founded by John Humphrey Noyes and his followers in 1848 near Oneida, New York.

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Oneida Community dissolved in 1881, converting itself to a joint-stock company.

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Oneida Community said that Charles had some serious faults; that he had watched him with some care; and that he thought the young man was earnestly trying to cure himself.

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Oneida Community spoke in general praise of his ability, his good character, and of certain temptations he had resisted in the course of his life.

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Oneida Community thought he saw signs that Charles was making a real and earnest attempt to conquer his faults; and as one evidence of this, he remarked that Charles had lately come to him to consult him upon a difficult case in which he had had a severe struggle, but had in the end succeeded in doing right.

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Oneida Community embodied one of the most radical and institutional efforts to change women's role and improve female status in 19th-century America.

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Some privileges included not having to care for their own children as Oneida Community had a communal child care system, as well as freedom from unwanted pregnancies with Oneida Community's male continence practice.

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Ellen Wayland-Smith, author of "The Status and Self-Perception of Women in the Oneida Community", said that men and women had roughly equal status in the community.

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Oneida Community's joined the community and became the group's first local convert.

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Oneida Community lasted until John Humphrey Noyes attempted to pass leadership to his son, Theodore Noyes.

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Oneida Community called for a protest meeting against the Oneida Community, which was attended by forty-seven clergymen.

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Over 70 Oneida Community members entered into a traditional marriage in the following year.

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In September 2004 Oneida Limited announced that it would cease all U S manufacturing operations in the beginning of 2005, ending a 124-year tradition.

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Oneida Community continues to design and market products that are manufactured overseas.

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Many histories and first-person accounts of the Oneida Community have been published since the commune dissolved itself.

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An account of the Oneida Community is found in Sarah Vowell's book Assassination Vacation.

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Today, the Oneida Community Mansion House is a non-profit educational organization chartered by the State of New York and welcomes visitors throughout the year with guided tours, programs, and exhibits.

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