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Oneida(ōnī`də), city (1990 pop. 10,850), Madison co., central N.Y.; inc. 1901. Tableware was long the best-known product, and some is still manufactured in neighboring Sherrill, N.Y. Machine parts and food and dairy processing are among Oneida's industries. Nearby was the Oneida Community, a religious society of Perfectionists that was established (1848) by John Humphrey NoyesNoyes, John Humphrey,
1811–86, American reformer, founder of the Oneida community, b. Brattleboro, Vt. He studied theology at Yale but lost his license to preach because of his "perfectionist" doctrine. This took its name from Mat. 5.
..... Click the link for more information. , who formed his utopian community on the basis of what he called "Bible Communism." Members of the sect held all property in common, rejected patriarchal control, believed in equal rights for women, and practiced complex marriage (polyamory and free love) and common care of the children. The community prospered by making steel traps and tableware. Under external and internal pressures to change its practices, the social experiments were abandoned beginning in 1879 and by 1881 Oneida had been reorganized as a joint stock company. The community's large Mansion House survives as an apartment residence, museum, and guesthouse.
See C. N. Robertson, ed., Oneida Community (1981); E. Wayland-Smith, Oneida: From Free Love to the Well-Set Table (2016).
Oneida:see Iroquois ConfederacyIroquois Confederacy
or Iroquois League
, North American confederation of indigenous peoples, initially comprising the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca; the native name for the confederated peoples is the Haudenosaunee.
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founded by John Humphrey Noyes in New York; based on extended family system. [Am. Hist.: EB, X: 315]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. Lake. a lake in central New York State: part of the New York State Barge Canal system. Length: about 35 km (22 miles). Greatest width: 9 km (6 miles)
2. a North American Indian people formerly living east of Lake Ontario; one of the Iroquois peoples
3. a member of this people
4. the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
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