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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... Orson Pratt returned from his mission , Sarah kept the incident to herself . Public diffi- culties between Joseph and Orson did not surface until a year later . Bennett claimed the problems at this point resulted from Smith's ...
... Pratt had been told Joseph wanted Orson's wife as his own plural wife and John C. Bennnett was accused of having ... Orson's brother Parley , who was still a missionary in England : " Br Orson Pratt is in trubble in consequence of his ...
... Orson Pratt was absent from his home for a total of nearly eleven years . Thirteen children were born during this period . Death took many , and other hands than Orson's usually buried them . Most of the happy times found him absent as ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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