Mormon Polygamy: A History / Edition 1

Mormon Polygamy: A History / Edition 1

by Richard S. Van Wagoner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0941214796

ISBN-13: 9780941214797

Pub. Date: 08/28/1989

Publisher: Signature Books, Incorporated

 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

Overview

 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780941214797
Publisher:
Signature Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1989
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
255
Sales rank:
1,026,471
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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