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    (ONEIDA.). (NOYES, JOHN H.). Slavery and Marriage. [Oneida, N.Y.]: 1850. 1st ed. 12mo. 14 pp. Sewn & unopened. $425.00

     

    A "conversation" between "Judge North, Major South, and Mr. Free Church." Mr. Free Church declares, "The truth is, Marriage gives man the power of ownership over woman, and such power is as wrong and prolific of wrong in the case of Marriage, as in that of Slavery."

    "...this little production is in fact an instrument of propaganda advocating 'free-love, or complex marriage.' Nonconcomforist marriage aspects of Mormonism and the Oneida Community shared a similar chronology. In both systems, the theories had origins in the 1830s and were made completely open and public at mid-century. And, as this pamphlet shows, both groups defended their spiritual-plural marriage systems with the argument that they overcame social problems which were somehow inherent in traditional monogamy.

    "Slavery and Marriage is quite an early Oneida declaration, although it never mentions the Community at all. The principle of complex marriage had been announced in their First Annual Report, issued on the first day of 1849. It was in 1852 that the Utah Mormons finally admitted publicly that they practiced plural marriage." --Rick Grunder.

 

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