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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... October meeting of church leaders , stressed that " a man who will act the coward and shield himself behind the Manifesto by desert- ing his plural wives should be damned . " Woodruff himself added : " This Manifesto only refers to ...
... October 1891 meeting of church leaders with stake presidents and bishops , Joseph F. Smith advised : " God will not justify you in kicking out your families and stultifying yourselves in the eyes of all good men . We do not want you to ...
... October 1890 Salt Lake Tribune wryly noted : “ Our rec- ollection is that [ Woodruff ] says he knows nothing of such marriages . That is , he per- sonally has not given his written consent to them . He was not present at the mar- riages ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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