Mormon Polygamy: A History
Signature Books, 1986 - 307 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. ... Publisher description.
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Church leaders sent Apostle John Henry Smith to Mexico to bring back Cowley , who was known by the pseudonym " Westlake . ” The wayward apostle could not be found . Angered , Smith ordered church leaders in Mexico to “ trace Westlake ...
17 minutes later Gibbs wired again , “ Brethren beginning to feel J. W. Taylor and Cowley should not be sacrificed unless required by C [ ommittee ] on P [ rivileges ) and Eslections ) to save you . ' Smoot wired the next day that he ...
Regardless of whether Taylor and / or Cowley had been advised against testifying , Smoot was relieved they did not come to Washington . In a 10 May 1906 letter to Joseph F. Smith he wrote : “ From the intimations I have received ...
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - wickenden - LibraryThing
Van Wagoner writes a compelling account of early Mormon polygamy. A fascinating look at how one modern American religion's culture evolved from it's beginnings with in the mid-1800's until it's ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - amydross - LibraryThing
A truly fascinating work. I bought this book in a mainline LDS-run bookstore, so I can only imagine that it must have been approved by the church hierarchy. That said, it appears to be irreproachably ... Vollständige Rezension lesen