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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... polyg- amy , plural marriage is believed by many Saints to be the law of the highest degree of heaven , further complicating the ambivalence modern Mormons feel towards polygamy . Despite the historical significance of plural marriage ...
... polygamy ( 1850 ) , 83 , 85 ; initial reaction to polyg- amy , 89 , 97 , 98 ; equates Civil War with America's downfall , 105 , 107 ; advocates civil disobedience , 115 , 118 , 123-27 ; revelation on everlasting nature of polygamy ...
... polyg- amy , 77-81 ; first announces own polyg- amy , 82-87 ; explains purpose of polyg- amy , 86 ; exhorts to live polygamy , 91-92 , 97-98 , 102 ; equates Civil War with America's downfall , 105-107 ; indicted for " lascivious ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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