Mormon Polygamy: A History
Signature Books, 1989 - 255 Seiten
In this comprehensive survey of Mormon Polygamy, Richard Van Wagoner details, with precision and detachment, the tumultuous reaction among insiders and outsiders to plural marriage. In an honest, methodical way, he traces the origins, the peculiarities common to the midwestern and later Utah periods, and post-1890 new marriages. Drawing heavily on first-hand accounts, he outlines the theological underpinnings and the personal trauma associated with this lifestyle.
What emerges is a portrait that neither discounts nor exaggerates the historical evidence. He presents polygamy in context, neither condemning nor defending, while relevant contemporary accounts are treated sympathetically but interpreted critically. No period of Mormon history is emphasized over another. The result is a systematic view that is unavailable in studies of isolated periods or in the repetitions of folklore that only disguise the reality of what polygamy was.
Scattered throughout the western United States today are an estimated 30,000 fundamentalist Mormons who still live "the principle." They, too, are a part of Joseph Smith's legacy and are included in this study.
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... Bennett evidently subscribed to this notion . Smith , according to his 1 July 1842 account in the Times and Season , received a letter shortly after Bennett arrived in Nauvoo warning him that the doctor was a " very mean man , and had a ...
... Bennett's actions of the day as a plot to have Smith killed ( HC 5 : 4 ) . Though the conspiracy theory is accepted by some , it is possible that Bennett was merely trying to enhance his own position with the digni- taries by ...
... Bennett quoted Smith , " I will ruin your reputation ; remember that . " According to Bennett , Sarah kept her word , though ensuing circum- stances made it difficult . Sarah later recalled the details herself : " Shortly after Joseph ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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