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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Young stated that “ Brother Joseph has had a revelation from God that it is lawful
and right for a man to have two wives ; for as it was in the days of Abraham , so it
shall be in these last days . . . if you will accept of me , I will take you straight to ...
He was very anxious that I would accept the doctrine and sustain him in it . He
used many arguments at various times afterward in its favor " ( Shook 1914 , 126
) . Law ' s refusal to accept polygamy was compounded in the prophet ' s eyes by
... that the government " could not accept President Wilford Woodruff ' s Manifesto
without its acceptance by the conference as authoritative against the statements
of the Utah Commission and Governor A . L . Thomas . ” The next day George Q ...
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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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