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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Eliza Roxcy Snow, "Zion's Poetess," had been living in the Smith home since 14
August 1842. Her sealing to Smith two months earlier on 29 June had been kept
secret from Emma. Apparently Emma later found out about the relationship, ...
Because Smith had begun to practice polygamy earlier than 1843, Mormon
leaders after his death concluded that the revelation was given as early as 1831
and merely ... One of the personalities mentioned in the revelation is Emma Smith
He used many arguments at various times afterward in its favor" (Shook 1914,
126). Law's refusal to accept polygamy was compounded in the prophet's eyes
by Law's lending a sympathetic ear to Emma Smith in her opposition to the
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - amydross - LibraryThing
A truly fascinating work. I bought this book in a mainline LDS-run bookstore, so I can only imagine that it must have been approved by the church hierarchy. That said, it appears to be irreproachably ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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Single best volume to understand the development of polygamy in Mormon history. Vollständige Rezension lesen
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