It is difficult to imagine how Oneida Community Limited would feel today if the legacy of Oneida lived on into the twenty-first century as nothing more than a silverware company. It is the only domestic silverware manufacturing company left in the United States. Few people in America havent heard of it and if you havent, go check your silverware drawer right now for you very likely own forks or spoons produced by them.
John Humphrey Noyes would want to be remembered for many of the other roles he played in his life: historian, utopian leader, philosopher, a religious man and the person who coined the term “free love.” His book History of American Socialisms is a widely referenced title in many books dealing with the subject of socialism in America.
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It was during this period that the community began to practice some of Mr. Noyes’ more controversial beliefs, including group marriage.