Early Mormon Polygamy

Early Mormon Polygamy

Author Various Authors

This compilation of articles and book reviews on Mormon polygamy is selected from over fifty years of LDS scholarship published by BYU Studies. This volume features articles on the Church's legal confrontation with government over polygamy, various aspects of plural marriage in St. George, the perspectives of two prominent Mormon plural wives (Eliza R. Snow and Emmeline B. Wells), and several reviews of books addressing various aspects of polygamy.


"Letters on Mormon Polygamy and Progeny: Eliza R. Snow and Martin Luther Holbrook, 1866–1869"
Jill Mulvay Derr and Matthew J. Grow

"A Strange Encounter: The English Courts and Mormon Polygamy"
Kenneth L. Cannon II

"Emmeline B. Wells: 'Am I Not a Woman and a Sister?'"
Carol Cornwall Madsen

"The Legislative Antipolygamy Campaign"
Richard D. Poll

"The Mormon Disfranchisements of 1882 to 1892"
Joseph H. Groberg

"The Judicial Campaign against Polygamy and the Enduring Legal Questions"
Edwin Brown Firmage

"Probing the High Prevalence of Polygyny in St. George, 1861–1880: An Introduction"
Davis Bitton, Val Lambson, Lowell C. Bennion, and Kathryn M. Daynes

"Demographic Limits of Nineteenth-Century Mormon Polygyny"
Davis Bitton and Val Lambson

"Mapping the Extent of Plural Marriage in St. George, 1861–1880"
Lowell C. Bennion

"Striving to Live the Principle in Utah's First Temple City: A Snapshot of Polygamy in St. George, Utah, in June 1880"
Kathryn M. Daynes

"Plural Marriage in St. George: A Summary and an Invitation"
Davis Bitton, Val Lambson, Lowell C. Bennion, and Kathryn M. Daynes

Review of Elizabeth Wood Kane, Twelve Mormon Homes Visited in Successions on a Journey Through Utah to Arizona
Reviewed by Eugene E. Campbell

Review of Jessie L. Embry, Mormon Polygamous Families: Life in the Principle
Reviewed by Kahlile Mehr

Review of Larry M. Logue, A Sermon in the Desert: Belief and Behavior in Early St. George, Utah
Reviewed by Armand L. Mauss

Review of Richard S. Van Wagoner, Mormon Polygamy: A History, 2d ed.
Reviewed by Thomas G. Alexander

Review of Jennifer Moulton Hansen, Letters of Catharine Cottam Romney, Plural Wife; Maria S. Ellsworth, Mormon Odyssey: The Story of Ida Hunt Udall, Plural Wife; and Stan Larson, Prisoner for Polygamy: The Memoirs and Letters of Rudger Clawson at the Utah Territorial Penitentiary, 1884–87
Reviewed by Kathryn M. Daynes

Review of Joan Smyth Iversen, The Antipolygamy Controversy in U.S. Women's Movements, 1880–1925: A Debate on the American Home
Reviewed by Jed L. Woodworth

Review of Norman R. Bowen, A Gentile Account of Life in Utah's Dixie, 1872–73: Elizabeth Kane's St. George Journal
Reviewed by Carol Cornwall Madsen

Review of Sarah Barringer Gordon, The Mormon Question: Polygamy and Constitutional Conflict in Nineteenth-Century America
Reviewed by Nathan B. Oman and Reviewed by Terryl L. Givens

Review of Kathryn M. Daynes, More Wives Than One: Transformation of the Mormon Marriage System, 1840–1910
Reviewed by Sarah Barringer Gordon

Review of Brian C. Hales, Modern Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism: The Generations after the Manifesto
Reviewed by J. Michael Hunter

Review of B. Carmon Hardy, Doing the Works of Abraham: Mormon Polygamy, Its Origin, Practice, and Demise
Reviewed by Kathryn M. Daynes

Review of George D. Smith, Nauvoo Polygamy: ". . . but we called it celestial marriage"
Reviewed by Thomas G. Alexander