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Solemn covenant : the Mormon polygamous passage

Author: B Carmon Hardy
Publisher: Urabana : University of Illinois Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In his famous Manifesto of 1890, Mormon church president Wilford Woodruff called for an end to the more than fifty-year practice of polygamy. Fifteen years later, two men were dramatically expelled from the Quorum of Twelve Apostles for having taken post-Manifesto plural wives and encouraged the step by others. Evidence reveals, however, that hundreds of Mormons (including several apostles) were given approval to  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: B Carmon Hardy
ISBN: 0252018338 9780252018336
OCLC Number: 23219530
Description: xxiv, 445 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The principal commenced --
Civilization threatened: Mormon polygamy under siege --
Blessings of the Abrahamic household --
Tactical retreat: the Manifesto of 1890 --
The principle continued abroad and at home --
Church leaders and post-Manifesto polygamy --
The leaders divide: Roberts and Smoot, Taylor and Cowley --
The Mormon-progressive encounter: a new crusade --
Late efforts and polygamy's decline --
Monogamous triumph. Appendixes. Lying for the Lord: an essay --
Mormon polygamous marriages after the 1890 Manifesto through 1910: a tentative list.
Responsibility: B. Carmon Hardy.

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"In his famous Manifesto of 1890, Mormon church president Wilford Woodruff called for an end to the more than fifty-year practice of polygamy. Fifteen years later, two men were dramatically expelled from the Quorum of Twelve Apostles for having taken post-Manifesto plural wives and encouraged the step by others. Evidence reveals, however, that hundreds of Mormons (including several apostles) were given approval to enter such relationships after they supposedly were banned."--BOOK JACKET. "Why would Mormon leaders endanger agreements allowing Utah to become a state and risk their church's reputation by engaging in such activities--all the while denying the fact to the world? This book seeks to find the answer through a review of the Mormon polygamous experience from its beginnings."--BOOK JACKET. "In the course of national debate over polygamy, Americans generally were unbending in their allegiance to monogamy. Solemn Covenant provides the most careful examination ever undertaken of Mormon theological, social, and biological defenses of "the principle.""--BOOK JACKET. "Although polygamy was never a way of life for the majority of Latter-day Saints in the nineteenth century, Carmon Hardy contends that plural marriage enjoyed a more important place in the Saints' restorationist vision than most historians have allowed. Many Mormons considered polygamy a prescription for health, an antidote for immorality, and a key to better government. Despite intense pressure from the nation to end the experiment, because of their belief in its importance and gifts, polygamy endured as an approved arrangement among church members well into the twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET. "Hardy demonstrates how Woodruff's Manifesto of 1890 evolved from a tactic to preserve polygamy into a revelation now used to prohibit it. Solemn Covenant examines the halting passage followed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as it transformed itself into one of America's most vigilant champions of the monogamous way."--BOOK JACKET.

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