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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Thus , according to Pratt , “ all the world who had been begotton through the
illegal marriage were bastards not Sons & hence they had to enter into the law of
adoption & be adopted into the Priesthood in order to become sons & legal heirs
According to Nancy Hyde ' s testimony during the 1860s , however , she was
sealed to Smith in May 1843 ( Bachman 1975 , 333 ) . Smith was also sealed by
proxy to Mary Ann Frost , wife of Apostle Parley P . Pratt , on 6 February 1846 .
According to Law , Emma had also complained to him about “ Joseph keeping
his young wives in her house and elsewhere , and his neglect of her ” ( ibid . ) .
This closeness between Law and the prophet ' s wife gave rise to rumors and ...
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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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