Slavery and Marriage. A Dialogue
[Oneida]: (S.n.), 1850. First printing. Wrappers. Sixteenmo. 14 pages. Fine.
Scarce pamphlet that cleverly harnesses the contemporaneous debate over slavery to attack the institution of marriage. Many of the Abolitionist arguments against slavery are here effectively turned against mid-19th century marriage.
The text is structured as a fictionalized dialogue between "Judge North," "Major South," and "Mr. Free Church."
The Oneida Community was a religious utopian commune founded by John Humphrey Noyes in 1848. The commune practiced free love and believed perfection was possible here on earth.
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