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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Joseph Smith III , president of the rival Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints , in the mid - 1870s quizzed Sarah Pratt on these stories about
his father . “ Sister Pratt , " Smith asked , “ it has been frequently told that I dare
Elaborating on his hatred of polygamy , the young prophet attested : “ I have been
told that my father taught such doctrines . I have never believed it , and never can
believe it . If such things were done , then I believe they never were of Divine ...
In a revealing 1883 letter to E . L . Kelley , Joseph Smith III detailed his reason for
discounting the evidence supporting his father ' s polygamy . “ I have been
ambitious of but one thing , " he wrote : “ to prove by the logic of conduct that my
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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
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