Books | The founder of the 19th century Oneida commune believed in an extremely literal sense of ‘love thy neighbor’
by Ellen Wayland-Smith
Posted 9/23/17, 12:20 pm
In Oneida—a runner-up for WORLD’s 2016 Book of the Year in the Understanding America category—Ellen Wayland-Smith, a descendant of Oneida commune founder John Humphrey Noyes, describes vividly the theory and practice of “Bible Communism” pioneered in Oneida, N.Y., beginning in 1848. Residents established community ownership of both property and bodies, but neither approach proved successful.