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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PROTECTING THE LORD ' S ANOINTED " Four days after John C . Bennett
penned his 27 June 1842 letter , Joseph Smith published in the 1 July issue of
the Times and Seasons a letter “ ' To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
It seemed impossible that the Lord would go back on a principle which had
caused so much sacrifice , heartache , and trial . ” Describing what must have
been the anguish of many Saints , she added : “ I thought that if the Lord and the
A History Richard S. Van Wagoner. explained his view that " the Lord was
anxious to put everybody upon his own responsibility and take the responsibility
from the Church . ” Cowley and Taylor were only two of many who interpreted 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