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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... brethren who were in polygamy and in that way brought about much trouble for Joseph and his true hearted brethren " ( Young , “ Incidents " ) . 3. The Partridge account , except where noted otherwise , is from Emily Dow Partridge ...
... brethren are called upon to make this sacrifice , but you will lose nothing from it . When things quiet down you will be reinstated " ( Samuel W. Taylor interview with Nettie M. Taylor , 15 Jan. 1936 , 6 , Taylor Collection ) . Cowley ...
... brethren , " he said , according to the official minutes , " to prove John W. Taylor a false prophet when he said that I would be excommunicated from the Church . If there is anything I can do to make good our honor to the nation and to ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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