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The Ministers’ War
John W. Mears, the Oneida Community, and the Crusade for Public Morality

Michael Doyle

Hardcover $50.00s    |    978-0-8156-3576-5    |    2018

Paper $19.95    |    978-0-8156-1098-4    |    2018

ebook 978-0-8156-5441-4

A riveting account of Presbyterian minister John W. Mears's crusade against the Oneida Community.

"The first close-up examination of an interesting clash of moralities in central New York during the 1870s: a minister’s crusade led by Professor John Mears of Hamilton College against the nearby Oneida Community, a utopian commune infamous for free love."—Anthony Wonderley, author of Oneida Utopia: A Community Searching for Human Happiness and Prosperity

"Many books have been written about the Oneida Community, but to my knowledge, this is the first that examines the anti-Oneida Community movements that sprung up during the nineteenth century. Doyle has done a tremendous job of coloring in the personalities of the huge number of clergymen, politicians, Oneida Community members, and reporters that pepper the narrative."—Christian Goodwillie, director and curator of special collections and archives at the Burke Library,Hamilton College

  The Ministers War

  Michael Doyle is a reporter in Washington, DC, for E&E News, covering environmental issues. He formerly reported on the Supreme Court and California for the Washington bureau of the McClatchy newspapers. He has won awards for his reporting from the National Press Club and the Washington Press Club Foundation, among others. Doyle is the author of Radical Chapters: Pacifist Bookseller Roy Kepler and the Paperback Revolution and The Forestport Breaks: A Nineteenth-Century Conspiracy along the Black River Canal.

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6 x 9, 224 pages, 5 black-and-white illustrations, notes, bibliography, index

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