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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... plural marriage for the present " ( Marriner Wood Merrill Diary , 6 Oct. 1890 ) .2 Mormons had long been taught that Joseph Smith established the " Kingdom of God " to prepare for the imminent second coming of Christ . The political ...
... plural wife nor sealed others in plural marriages . " Few authorized plural marriages occurred during the first three years after the Manifesto . Many church members who continued to believe that plural marriage was essential to their ...
... [ plural marriage ] , renouncing our faith save for five years and then taking it up again when once inside the great government fold . " But the plans of church leaders were anticipated and waylaid . The Utah constitution , drafted in ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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