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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... later charged , the sham battle was the turning point . Four days later the first public move to align Bennett with the " spiritual wifery " rumors was undertaken . Church leaders on 11 May drew up a document which announced that the ...
... later . Emily later wrote that in the spring or summer of 1842 Joseph Smith approached her about polygamy . " I . . . shut him up so quick , " she said , " that he said no more to me until the 28th of Feb. 1843 , ( my nineteenth ...
... later in his life , after his mother's death , Joseph III seems to have modified his earlier position on the origins of Mormon polygamy . " I believe that during the later years of my father's life , " he postulated in an 1879 address ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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