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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This earlier date seems to be supported by the difficulties Smith and Rigdon were
having during this time . For example , the prophet dictated a letter to Rigdon on
12 May " concerning certain difficulties , or surmises which existed ” ( HC 5 : 6 ) .
The 27 August 1842 Wasp , for example , branded Martha H . Brotherton a “
mean harlot , " and Nancy Rigdon suffered the same treatment after she opposed
Smith ' s polygamous proposals . Stephen Markham , a close friend of Smith ...
Rigdon vented his dismay at the deceptive practices of church leaders : " How
often these men and their accomplices stood up before the congregation , and
called God and all the holy Angels to witness , that there was no such doctrine
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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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