The majority of Smith's wives were younger than he, and one-third were between fourteen and twenty years of age. Another third were already married, and some of the husbands served as witnesses at their own wife's polyandrous wedding. In addition, some of the wives hinted that they bore Smith children—most notably Sylvia Sessions's daughter Josephine—although the children carried their stepfather's surname.
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.
In the eleven years since the New Mormon Studies CD-ROM was first released, computers have bulked up to about eight times as much RAM and fifteen times the speed. Taking advantage of these developments, the 2009 edition has greater computational capacity and is quicker.
The content has not changed—only the software has. You will find that you can enjoy the same ease of installation and functionality as with your original...
Conjuring up images of unisex bathrooms, homosexuality, the dangers of women in the military, and the divine calling of stay-at-home motherhood—none of which were directly related to equal rights—the LDS campaign began in Utah at church headquarters but importantly was fought across the country in states that had not yet ratified the proposed amendment.
Born in rural Idaho in the 1930s, her family moved to Bountiful, Utah, and then Salt Lake City in the late 1930s and mid-1940s. She and her sister married a son of a Mormon fundamentalist leader. In this captivating biography, we learn of her struggle as a teenager to obtain a college education and to succeed as a nurse only to become one of the most sought after midwives...
There are two stereotypes of pioneer women: the silently suffering, "submissive but sturdy" woman in "sunbonnet, baby at breast, rifle at the ready, dedicated to restoring civilization as rapidly as possible" and women like the Calamity Jane who "drank, smoked, and cursed and was handy with a poker deck, a six-gun, and a horse."
The Way We Live offers strong narratives by twelve contemporary women who probe the psychological landscape.