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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... officials , the Mor- mons openly sanctioned and defended " the practice of polygamy , or plural- ity of wives " ( " Report of Messrs . " ) . The report of the officials , though discounted by the Mormons , made it difficult to continue ...
... officials : " There has not been one moment during the past two and a half years that John Taylor could not have shaken all fear of Fed- eral officials by simply appearing before the District Court and promising to henceforth obey the ...
... officials . Ex - senator Reed Smoot , a member of the Quorum of the Twelve , was sent to Hurricane at the request of Zion Park stake president Claude Hirschi . Twenty - one members of the Short Creek Branch were excommuni- cated for ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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