The United States in the early 19th century was the home to a number of utopian communities. They were many varied experiments, but essentially involved various forms of communzl living. The Oneida Community was one of the mot notable. Some of these comminities were religious in nature, such as the Shakers. They were most popular before the Civil War. Here are two girls, perhaps sisters. There clothing suggests to us that they were from one of these communities. Perhaps there is another explanation for the clothing, bit this seems the most likely. Unfortunately, they are not identified. The fact that it is an ambrotype suggests to us that kt was takem about 1856-62.
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