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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... living in his home . Emily and Eliza Partridge , youthful daughters of deceased church bishop Edward Partridge , had been living in poverty after moving to Nauvoo in early 1840. Emma Smith invited Emily to live in the Smith home to care ...
... living woman " ( JD 17 [ 9 Aug. 1874 ] : 159 ) . Emma's version , as later recalled by William McLellin from an 1847 conversation with her , differs con- siderably . She said that one night after she and Smith had gone to bed , " he ...
... living with our wives , and he would see them damned and in hell before he would agree to cease living with his wives or advise any other person to do so . " Grant personally felt " that if we had taken the manly stand and had said we ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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