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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... reported that when she hesitated , Young left the room and returned ten min- utes later with Smith . " Well , Martha , " she reported the prophet as saying , " just go ahead , and do as Brigham wants you to . . . . I know that this is ...
... reported that Nancy " repulsed him and was about to raise the neighbors if he did not unlock the door and let her out " ( ibid . ) . Nancy's brother , John , recounting the incident years later in an affidavit , remembered that " Nancy ...
... reported an account of a Mormon elder in St. George who was asked why he never entered polygamy when so many of his peers had . " She wouldn't let me , " he nodded towards his wife . " I told him , " she reported , " that if he ever ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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