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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... performed elsewhere unless they were " valid according to the laws of the country " in which they took place . See Quinn 1985 , 17 ; Jorgenson and Hardy 1980 , 18. Though church leaders often made statements suggesting they were ...
... performed in Mexico . Woodruff , now nearing ninety , evidently preferred a system of " plausible deniability " wherein he allowed his younger counselors to direct the new polygamy so that as church president he could not be directly ...
... perform sealings outside temples was also withdrawn . In a separate letter to John W. Taylor and George Teasdale , he ... performed many more such marriages . Had it not been for his age and poor health ( he died in 1907 ) , he would ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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