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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... territorial hierarchy . John M. Bernhisel was selected by the Council of Fifty to pursue territorial status in Washington . Soon there- after , Thomas L. Kane , a friend to Mormonism with political savoir - faire , 1 advised : " You are ...
... territorial legislature of Utah . " Despite the successful passage of this legislation , church leaders felt that it ultimately would have no effect on them . They were convinced that the Civil War would usher in the Millennium , and ...
... territorial delegate to Congress and second counselor to Brigham Young , felt that there was " universal belief " among Mormons that the polygamy law was unconstitutional . He correctly observed that “ many eminent lawyers , both in and ...
THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS
STIRRINGS IN NAUVOO
PROTECTING THE LORDS ANOINTED
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