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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... issue in evidence of my father's having married plural wives , " Cannon described " one case where it was said by the girl's grandmother that your father has a daughter born of a plural wife . The girl's grandmother was Mother Sessions ...
... issues , Brigham Young sent his counselor Jedediah M. Grant east to coordinate church public relations . As part of his campaign Grant penned three extensive letters and submitted them to the New York Herald . The only letter of the ...
... issue . " George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith seized upon the opportunity presented by the death of a worn - out old man , " the paper reported , " to grossly slander some gentlemen whose only crime has been their efforts to perform ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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