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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... brother , Don Carlos , for example , was reported to have said in June 1841 : " Any man who will teach and practice ' spiritual wifery ' will go to hell , no matter if it is my brother Joseph " ( Robinson , The Return 3 [ Feb. 1891 ] ...
... Brother Cannon had the authority and Brother Woodruff didn't want to be known in it " ( Minutes of the Quorum of the Twelve , 10 May 1911 ) . Respect- ing his own position in performing post - Manifesto marriages , Cowley reported ...
... brother , Frank J. Cannon , later indicated that it was David's fiancee , Lillian Hamlin , who was married to Abraham in " fulfillment of the biblical instruction that a man should take his dead brother's wife " ( Cannon and Higgins ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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