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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... Grant penned three extensive letters and submitted them to the New York Herald . The only letter of the three ... Grant to task in an editorial . W. W. Phelps , erstwhile Mormon editor and apologist , came to Grant's aid , engaging ...
... Grant , later to become president of the church , clearly described the situation , as again noted in Cannon's 1 April 1892 diary entry . " I remember Pres . Woodruff saying that the Manifesto would never apply to our living with our ...
... Grant expanded his view that the demands of the law superseded any command- ment to live polygamy . " We never believed polygamy was wrong , " the church president said , " and never will . " Despite the fact that Grant had violated his ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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