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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... Mormon elders rather than by civil authorities or leaders of other religions . Ohio law refused to recognize Mormon ... non- Mormon husband had deserted her , was never formally divorced . Obviously , Smith saw marriage not as a secular ...
... non - Mormon Solomon Custer on 16 November 183614 and was liv- ing in Dublin City , Indiana , far from Kirtland , her name still raised eye- brows . Fanny Brewer , a Mormon visitor to Kirtland in 1837 , observed " much excitement ...
... non - Mormon Adam Lightner since 11 August 1835 , was one of the first women to accept the " celestial marriage " teachings of the prophet . " He was commanded to take me for a wife , " she declared in a 21 November 1880 letter to ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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