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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In 1832 Mormon missionary Orson Hyde , a former member of Sidney Rigdon ' s "
family , " visited a group he called " Cochranites ” and disdainfully described in
his 11 October 1832 journal the group ' s “ Wonderful lustful spirit , because they
... and they would become the political salvation of the American government .
Brigham Young , addressing the Utah territorial legislators on 19 January 1863 ,
said that though " we are called the State Legislature , " the time will come when ...
Some of the speeches give evidence that in general knowledge in logic and in
rhetoric the so - called degraded ladies of Mormondom are quite equal to the
Women ' s Rights women of the East " ( in MS 32 ( 8 March 1870 ) : 151 ) . One
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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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