68: The Oneida Community

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Hi everyone and welcome to the first episode of cults month! Today we’re strolling all the way back to the 1840s to examine the Oneida Community, an early American cult!

These guys had it all: a metal-working business, "perfection" , some...interesting sexual choices, and oh yeah, some eugenics. And even after all that the name Oneida still appears on nearly half of all cutlery in the United States. So strap in and listen to this truly wild episode.

FURTHER READING:

Oneida Community - Wikipedia

John Humphrey Noyes

John Humphrey Noyes, 1811-1840 : a social biography

The Perfectionists of Oneida and Wallingford

JOHN HUMPHREY NOYES: The Putney Community

The Oneida Community Moves to the OC

Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table

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