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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But Smith was disinclined to believe any evidence connecting his father with
polygamy . In her account of the visit Sarah said : “ I saw that he was not inclined
to believe the truth about his father , so I said to him : You pretend to have ...
If such things were done , then I believe they never were of Divine authority . I
believe my father was a good man , and a good man never could have
promulgated such doctrines ” ( Tullidge 1880 , 608 - 11 ) . Opposition to
polygamy and other ...
Some have said that he did , but I do not believe he ever did " ( Unpublished
Address ) . But Smith ' s niece , Mary Bailey , writing in 1908 said that her uncle
finally " awoke to a realization of the whole miserable affair [ and ] . . . tried to
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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