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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... husband for the prophet : " I according to Pres [ ident ] . Joseph Smith & Council & others , I agreed to stand by Sarah Ann Whitney [ sealed to Smith 27 July 1843 ] as though I was supposed to be her husband and a pretended marriage ...
... husband as long as she could bear with him , but if life became too burdensome , then leave and get a divorce " ( President's Office Journal , 5 Oct. 1861 ) . He suggested in an 1861 address that " when a woman becomes alienated in her ...
... husband made Martha's marriage less than enviable . Forced to leave Salt Lake frequently to prevent her husband's arrest for practicing polygamy , she described her marriage as " a few stolen interviews thoroughly tinctured with the ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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