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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... believe any evidence connect- ing 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 revelations from the ...
... 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 militant theocratic ...
... believe that during the later years of my father's life , " he postulated in an 1879 address , " there was in discussion among the elders , and possibly in practice , a theory like the following : that persons who might believe that ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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