Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon

Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer Women A must read for Mormons I was surprised to learn how controversial polygamy was among members, even when it was being practiced by the church Any inkling of an idea I have ever had about polygamy having some benefits is gone What a terrible way to live A book to own. Interesting glimpse into their world Her bias against the practice is apparent, but not so much to detract from the book.It would have been good to compare the sufferings of the polygamist to the monogamists of the same period and culture Most of the Mormon pioneers had suffered much in the way of poverty and deprivations.Also her conclusions about what was left out of the diaries seems a bit of a logical leap All of the people of the era especially 1870 s and 1880 s were terrified of the f Interesting glimpse into their world Her bias against the practice is apparent, but not so much to detract from the book.It would have been good to compare the sufferings of the polygamist to the monogamists of the same period and culture Most of the Mormon pioneers had suffered much in the way of poverty and deprivations.Also her conclusions about what was left out of the diaries seems a bit of a logical leap All of the people of the era especially 1870 s and 1880 s were terrified of the federal marshals and prosecutors Wives were forced to testify against husbands which was illegal No doubt they were concerned that their diary entries could and would be used by the government to throw their husbands in prison.But all in all, I enjoyed this book The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints renounced the practice of plural marriage inIn the mid to late nineteenth century, however the heyday of Mormon polygamy as many as three out of every ten Mormon women became polygamous wives Paula Kelly Harline delves deep into the diaries and autobiographies of twenty nine such women, providing a rare window into the lives they led and revealing their views and experiences of polygamy, including their well founded belief that their domestic contributions would help to build a foundation for generations of future Mormons Polygamous wives were participants in a controversial and very public religious practice that violated most nineteenth century social and religious rules of a monogamous America Harline considers the questions Were these women content with their sacrifice Did the benefits of polygamous marriage for the Mormons outweigh the human toll it required and the embarrassment it continues to bring Polygamous wives faced daunting challenges not only imposed by the wider society but within the home, yet those whose writings Harline explores give voice to far than unhappiness and discontent The personal writings of these women, all married to different husbands, are the heart of this remarkable book they paint a vivid and sometimes disturbing picture of an all but vanished and still controversial way of life [PDF / Epub] ❤ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ✅ Ellen A. Easton – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk however the heyday of Mormon polygamy as many as three out of every ten Mormon women became polygamous wives Paula Kelly Harline delves deep into the diaries and autobiographies of twenty nine such women ❰BOOKS❯ ✬ The Light Over London Author Julia Kelly – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk providing a rare window into the lives they led and revealing their views and experiences of polygamy ➶ [Reading] ➸ Cell By Robin Cook ➫ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk including their well founded belief that their domestic contributions would help to build a foundation for generations of future Mormons Polygamous wives were participants in a controversial and very public religious practice that violated most nineteenth century social and religious rules of a monogamous America Harline considers the questions Were these women content with their sacrifice Did the benefits of polygamous marriage for the Mormons outweigh the human toll it required and the embarrassment it continues to bring Polygamous wives faced daunting challenges not only imposed by the wider society but within the home [Reading] ➶ Braving the Wilderness Author BrenĂ© Brown – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk yet those whose writings Harline explores give voice to far than unhappiness and discontent The personal writings of these women [PDF / Epub] ✅ Lightning / Midnight / The Bad Place By Dean Koontz – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk all married to different husbands ➾ [Download] ➾ A Cidade Das Trevas (Dean Koontzs Frankenstein, By Dean Koontz ➳ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk are the heart of this remarkable book they paint a vivid and sometimes disturbing picture of an all but vanished and still controversial way of life This book was fascinating Having polygamous ancestry in both my husband s and my family lines this topic was interesting to me What I loved about it was that the bulk of the material came from primary sources woven together in a lyrical narrative which let the reader draw his her own conclusions about the practice The book follows a set of criteria in that the material used was from women who were not married to prominent church leaders, and lived in Utah, rather than during the era of Nauvo This book was fascinating Having polygamous ancestry in both my husband s and my family lines this topic was interesting to me What I loved about it was that the bulk of the material came from primary sources woven together in a lyrical narrative which let the reader draw his her own conclusions about the practice The book follows a set of criteria in that the material used was from women who were not married to prominent church leaders, and lived in Utah, rather than during the era of Nauvoo It also follows polygamy chronologically, from the late 1840s to the 1890s, from the height of its popularity, to the waning era and what happened afterward All in all, I was disabused of some of my assumptions about polygamly, and I gained a much clearer picture of what it really was like It has given me the impetus to look and see what writings I may be able to find from my own grandmothers, about their lives Paula Kelly Harline has done something remarkable with The Polygamous Wives Writing Club She has brought polygamy a topic that few in the modern Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints are truly knowledgeable about or comfortable discussing in from the safe distance provided by keeping it in realm of the theoretical and theological, and grounded it firmly in reality, warts and all.In all, Mormon participation in polygamous marriage averaged between 25 and 30 percent if men, women, an Paula Kelly Harline has done something remarkable with The Polygamous Wives Writing Club She has brought polygamy a topic that few in the modern Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints are truly knowledgeable about or comfortable discussing in from the safe distance provided by keeping it in realm of the theoretical and theological, and grounded it firmly in reality, warts and all.In all, Mormon participation in polygamous marriage averaged between 25 and 30 percent if men, women, and children in polygamous families are counted and an average of three in every ten Mormon women became polygamous wives That is not a small portion of our forebears and they deserve to have their stories told the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between.Using the diaries and autobiographies of twenty nine Mormon pioneer women who lived polygamy in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Utah, Harline has provided an intimate look at what living polygamy really meant for regular Mormon women, not the famous ones, or the ones married to Church leaders, but those down in the trenches from St George to Smithfield In each chapter she introduces two or three women, often from the same area, whose lives parallel each others in numerous ways, highlighting the similarities and accentuating the differences in families that lived a polygamous lifestyle.This provides an incredibly nuanced view of the complicated response of many women to polygamy Simply put, in the words of one, I believed that the principle of plural marriage was from God, but it was still hard it nearly killed me I m giving this book four stars because I think it is a great source for creating awareness of early Mormon polygamists as opposed to break off fundamentalist groups , which are sadly under represented This author has obviously done a TON of research on the subject and I love that it s drawn from primary sources that she quotes from liberally throughout the book I took away a star because I didn t like the narrative, and the organization of the text went against my tastes too I recognize tha I m giving this book four stars because I think it is a great source for creating awareness of early Mormon polygamists as opposed to break off fundamentalist groups , which are sadly under represented This author has obviously done a TON of research on the subject and I love that it s drawn from primary sources that she quotes from liberally throughout the book I took away a star because I didn t like the narrative, and the organization of the text went against my tastes too I recognize that these are my own biases from the perspective of myself of course , preferring raw historical facts to draw conclusions for myself rather than someone else drawing conclusions that I felt were rash false instead As the author tried to imagine scenarios where people could meet, it all seemed overly and liberally speculative to me and didn t add anything at all to the overall purpose of the book seemed like just a way to make itnovel like in my mind which is something that bothers me in a lot of books today, actually, because some how it seems to trivialize the experiences of those who actually lived through the times, though I m sure that was not the authors intent And I wish she d stuck to one woman s story at a time within the chapter, instead of interweaving them as chapters progressed, keeping track of all the wives and their husbands and children got stressful Also, I didn t really understand why the chapters were put in the order they were There was certainly no chronology that flowed, like from the time it started to when it ended, because the end chapter didn t have much to do with the Manifesto at all, it wasabout being in bad relationships And the subjects sections listed on the title page seemed randomly chosen, not because they were deemed the most essential things to learn from the women s experiences It would ve been nice to know how many descendants remained faithful in the Church as a result of these faithful women as well More pictures would ve been nice too even keeping track of her own family genealogy at the end got a little stressful withoutpictures to associate with the individuals she was discussing My favorite parts of the book aside from quotes from the actual wives was the interludes where the author wrote like an historian definitely her best and most interesting writing by far, and very informative Hopefully the book will do well enough to allow for another edition where some of the quirks can be smoothed out A wonderful read I had to dock a star only because, as others stated in their reviews, I agree that we should have been given larger blocks of direct text from the diaries autobiographies, or at least some appendices of excerpts I also found myself keeping track of the various women with pen and paper because there was a bit of jumping around, but I enjoy doing that I have no ties to the Mormon church so for me there was no personal connection to the stories, but it served as a phenomenally e A wonderful read I had to dock a star only because, as others stated in their reviews, I agree that we should have been given larger blocks of direct text from the diaries autobiographies, or at least some appendices of excerpts I also found myself keeping track of the various women with pen and paper because there was a bit of jumping around, but I enjoy doing that I have no ties to the Mormon church so for me there was no personal connection to the stories, but it served as a phenomenally engaging glimpse into the worlds of those women This book shows the practice of early polygamy for what it was, a complex system that had little governance and proved beneficial for some, heartbreaking for others, and difficult for all It made me want to research multiple diaries from the same families and anything left behind by the husbands as well Highly recommend this book for anyone interested in marriage history I loved reading this book I learned about the complexities of polygamy in the 19th century mormon culture, and saw the very human reaction various women had to the experience I grew and was uplifted from reading of their experiences and seeing similar conflicts and struggles in my own modern life. This is a collection of mini biographies of 29 women in 19th century Utah The author chose polygamous wives who were not connected to the leadership in Salt Lake It gives a broader picture of what the run of the mill experience, without being an elite, would have been.And how was it Lonely Always lonely And hard Nellie Parkinson wrote that it nearly killed me Since the Church urged it and the family all approved there was nothing to do but make the best of it But for the trial o This is a collection of mini biographies of 29 women in 19th century Utah The author chose polygamous wives who were not connected to the leadership in Salt Lake It gives a broader picture of what the run of the mill experience, without being an elite, would have been.And how was it Lonely Always lonely And hard Nellie Parkinson wrote that it nearly killed me Since the Church urged it and the family all approved there was nothing to do but make the best of it But for the trial of polygamy, life would have been very good I see of late years how foolish I was I could not escape it so should not have grieved Many women publicly defended it, while privately lamenting and loathing it Some found solace and support with their sister wives, while others found acrimony Others described their husband s wives with a deafening silence, hardly giving them even a name.The journals were alwaysstraight forward and blunt about the hardship, while the autobiographies dictated at the end of their life, smoothed over and roses colored the tint They told the idealizationthan the reality This reflects the religious motive No one defended it well because of its pragmatic elements All defended it by religious duty and obligation This creates a conflicting legacy of price in the sacrifice polygamists endured, along with a persisting unease with the teachings and practices themselves I found the religious pressure troubling Although in name, women were supposed to be able to consent and have agency Social, familial, and ecclesiastic pressure to enter Celestial Marriage were great This was especially hard reading about the teenage brides As polygamy was being required for advancement in leadership,men felt obliged to into the arrangement By the late 1850 s, most eligible women were married This placed pressure on marrying younger wives, which they did.I recommend the book It is a short 200 pages I think Paula Kelly Harline wrote an accessible, quick romp through the lives of these women She gives thoughtful commentary and context We see the ups and downs of their lives Most importantly, all is told from the voice, diaries, autobiographies of these faithful women We needandof this to help us understand the complex, perplexed, and vexing practice of plural marriage Great use of primary sources to illuminate the ordinary lives of women This book is definitely academic, and suffers from a little of that dryness, but on the whole is enjoyable The diaries and autobiographies quoted here are of women living polygamy in the Mormon communities from the mid 1800s through the federal crackdown, statehood, and to the end of their lives Most of the women have ambivalence about their situation They want to follow God, and are convinced that polygamy is God s wil Great use of primary sources to illuminate the ordinary lives of women This book is definitely academic, and suffers from a little of that dryness, but on the whole is enjoyable The diaries and autobiographies quoted here are of women living polygamy in the Mormon communities from the mid 1800s through the federal crackdown, statehood, and to the end of their lives Most of the women have ambivalence about their situation They want to follow God, and are convinced that polygamy is God s will, and therefore endure But only one of the 29 women quoted experienced polygamy as positive This accords with the Biblical record It always intrigues me when people endorse polygamy because it appears in the Bible It does appear and everywhere it appears family rivalries, mistreatment of women by men and by each other, and half sibling conflicts follow inevitably No one seriously argues for sibling slaying because the story of Cain and Abel is in the Bible arguing for polygamy on the basis of the story of the wives of Israel or of Sarah and Hagar seems equally indefensible But I digress


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