Oneida Community

communistic settlements

communistic settlements, communities practicing common ownership of goods. Communistic settlements were known in ancient and medieval times, but the flowering of such groups occurred in the 19th cent. in the United States, where a number of German pietistic sects established such communities as the Amana Church Society, Iowa; Harmony, Pa. (see Harmony Society); and Zoar, Ohio. Similar settlements were founded by the Shakers, Mormons, Mennonites, Dukhobors, and Jansenites. Unique religious settlements were the Oneida Community (see under Oneida, N.Y.); Hopedale, Mass.; and the Brotherhood of the New Life, N.Y. (see Harris, Thomas Lake). Other communities were non-Christian, often antireligious and utopian. The leading communities within this group were of two types, those founded by the followers of Robert Owen (including New Harmony, Ind., and Nashoba, Tenn.) and the numerous ones (notably Brook Farm, Mass.) formed on the principles of Charles Fourier. Belonging to neither of these groups were the Icarian settlements, led by Étienne Cabet, and the anarchistic villages of Josiah Warren. The religious groups, unified by strong faith and authority, tended to prosper and outlive the secular groups; the latter, however, often attracting brilliant and original personalities, provided a ferment of new thought. The chief attempts since the 19th cent. at setting up such colonies have been in Israel, where there are a number of successful agricultural collectives (see collective farm).

See R. M. Kanter, Commitment and Community (1972); B. M. Berger, The Survival of a Counterculture (1981); P. Yeo, The Work of a Co-operative Community (1988).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Oneida Community: Selected full-text books and articles

Women, Family, and Utopia: Communal Experiments of the Shakers, the Oneida Community, and the Mormons
Lawrence Foster.
Syracuse University Press, 1991
An Ordered Love: Sex Roles and Sexuality in Victorian Utopias: The Shakers, the Mormons, and the Oneida Community
Louis J. Kern.
University of North Carolina Press, 1981
The Loss of Religious Allegiance among the Youth of the Oneida Community
Roach, Monique Patenaude.
The Historian, Vol. 63, No. 4, Summer 2001
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Interpersonal Processes in Nineteenth Century Utopian Communities: Shakers and Oneida Perfectionists
Isaac, James; Altman, Irwin.
Utopian Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1, Winter 1998
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Religion, Society, and Utopia in Nineteenth-Century America
Ira L. Mandelker.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1984
Librarian’s tip: Part III "The Oneida Community: A Utopian Resolution of the Tension between Religion and World"
History of American Socialisms
John Humphrey Noyes.
Hillary House, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XLVI "The Oneida Community"
Religious Experience of John Humphrey Noyes, Founder of the Oneida Community
George Wallingford Noyes; George Wallingford Noyes.
Macmillan, 1923
A Yankee Saint: John Humphrey Noyes and the Oneida Community
Robert Allerton Parker.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1935
America's Communal Utopias
Donald E. Pitzer.
University of North Carolina Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Free Love and Community: John Humphrey Noyes and the Oneida Perfectionists" begins on p. 253
American Culture: Essays on the Familiar and Unfamiliar
Leonard Plotnicov.
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: "Relations of Modes of Production in Nineteenth-Century America: The Shakers and Oneida" begins on p. 41
Escape to Utopia: The Communal Movement in America
Everett Webber.
Hastings House, 1959
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Nineteen "Oneida and the Perfect Race"
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