Oneida Community

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The Oneida community was a religiously based, socialist group of about 300 people coexisting as one, united family under their Mansion house. The Oneida community viewed itself as the the ideal picture of attaining personal and social perfection( much like how Puritans viewed themselves as a city upon a hill). They actively challenged contemporary social views on property ownership, gender roles, child rearing practices, monogamous marriage, and work. They pushed for life long learning and the practice of the abandonment of self for the good of the whole. The Oneida community was very relevant to many of the other reform movements happening in the same period such as the Shakers community. They both saw themselves as ideals of perfection and most closely affiliated with God.

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^ This image shows the Oneida community happily coexisting each other and getting along very well.

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^This image depicts some of the members the Oneida community reading books in their Mansion House library. The cartoon shows their push for life-long learning and becoming educated.

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"They employ no physician, for they need none; no lawyer, for they are peaceable; and no preacher, for they are perfect. .... Musical instruments sound through the halls. They do not work on Sunday, but they do not call the day sacred. They neither baptize, nor partake of the sacrament. Their lives are continued worship. They accept the whole Bible. They came out of orthodox New England churches. All are well-informed. Their material success is complete. The skillful and the ablest are permitted, without hindrance, to strive for the common good. When labor and skill are harmoniously united, the only result must be riches, adornment, and every comfort."

-Handbook of the Oneida Community

This document represents the basic beliefs of the Oneida community, discussing religion, education, and overall view on society. The Handbook covers what the Oneida community is and what it does for its people, and how it's beliefs are necessary to a perfect society, similar to the Puritans. There is a strong focus on religion as seem in this excerpt from the document, which helps people understand how religion is an important role in their lives.

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Other Important Information: Complex marriage was abandoned in 1879 due to external pressures such as the popularity of traditional marriages and the accusations of statutory rape by John Noyes leaving their leader with no choice but to abandon their community.

Early 20th century, Oneida Community limited narrowed focus on silverware manufacturing and created a joint stock company

Oneida community influenced certain pieces of literature such as "Assassination Vacation" and "Pagan House"

Mansion house in Oneida, New York is still standing, and was declared and national landmark in 1965

Rights for women were increased and social norms for females were broken. They were able to wear more masculine clothing and were able to voice their opinion in politics, marriage, and had more access to job opportunities.

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Complex marriage was based off of free love with consent and acceptance and was a popular topic of discussion in their community, as it played a huge role in society. However, it was abandoned in 1879 due to external pressures such as the popularity of traditional marriages and the accusations of statutory rape by John Noyes leaving their leader with no choice but to abandon their community with no one to run it.

Early 20th century, Oneida Community limited narrowed focus on silverware manufacturing and created a joint stock company

Oneida community influenced certain pieces of literature such as "Assassination Vacation" and "Pagan House"

Mansion house in Oneida, New York is still standing, and was declared and national landmark in 1965

Rights for women were increased and social norms for females were broken. They were able to wear more masculine clothing and were able to voice their opinion in politics, marriage, and had more access to job opportunities.

Mutualism was practiced in the Oneida community, as working towards the common good was a major belief of their society. Kids were raised more by the community than by the parents and people focus on what was best for everyone as a whole, instead of the individual.