Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Some Little Known Religions. Seven Communistic Societies.Date: March 9 1892
Newspaper published in: Indiana, PA
There are seven communistic societies in the United States, including the Shakers, who number 1728, and are too well known to require mention, and the Bruderboef Mennonite Society, whose religious peculiarities have already been treated. The others are the Amana Society, number 1600, located in Iowa County, Iowa; the Harmony Society, numbering 250, located in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, the Society of Separatists, numbering 200, located in Tuscarawas County, Ohio; the New Icaria Society, numbering 25, located in Jefferson County, Missouri. The aggregate of their numbers is only 4176. The chief feature is the community of property and the rights and privileges between the sexes. The Shakers and the Harmonyites are celibates; the Separatists permit but do not approve marriage; the other societies do not interfere with marriage or family affairs.