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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... practice after his violent martyrdom in 1844. Under the leadership of Brigham Young , they formed the 1847 nucleus of the colonization of the Rocky Mountain Great Basin , then Mexican terri- tory , where they hoped to practice their ...
... practice ; nor is the practice defensible from the consideration that he did so . " In a 29 April 1905 letter to Sidney Rigdon's son John , Joseph clari- fied his position : " Whether my father was or was not the one through whom the ...
... practiced polygamy , Pratt speculated that Jesus ' relationship with Mary , Martha , and Mary Magdalene may have been polygamous . Pratt next asserted that four - fifths of the world believed in a plural- ity of wives . The practice ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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