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The years from 1852 to 1890 marked a controversial period in Mormonism, when the church's official embrace of polygamy put it at odds with wider American culture. In this study, Christine Talbot explores the controversial era, discussing how plural marriage generated decades of cultural and political conflict over competing definitions of legitimate marriage, family structure, and American identity. In particular, Talbot examines "the Mormon question" with attention to how it constructed ideas about American citizenship around the presumed separation of the public and private spheres. Contrary to the prevailing notion of man as political actor, woman as domestic keeper, and religious conscience as entirely private, Mormons enfranchised women and framed religious practice as a political act. The way Mormonism undermined the public/private divide led white, middle-class Americans to respond by attacking not just Mormon sexual and marital norms but also Mormons' very fitness as American citizens.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1. “That These Things Might Come Forth”: Early Mormonism and the American Republic
  2. pp. 19-33
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  1. 2. “We Shall Then Live Together as One Great Family”: Mormonism and the Public/Private Divide
  2. pp. 34-62
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  1. 3. “More the Companion and Much Less the Subordinate”: Polygamy and Mormon Woman’s Citizenship
  2. pp. 63-82
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  1. 4. “The Utter Destruction of the Home Circle”: Polygamy and the Perversion of the Private Sphere
  2. pp. 83-104
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  1. 5. “They Can Not Exist in Contact with Republican Institutions”: Consent, Contract, and Citizenship under “Polygamic Theocracy”
  2. pp. 105-128
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  1. 6. “The Foulest Ulcer on the Body of Our Nation”: Race, Class, and Contagion in Anti-Mormon
  2. pp. 129-146
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  1. 7. “Suffer a Surrender . . . ? No, Never!”: The End of Plural Marriage
  2. pp. 147-160
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 161-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-214
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 215-254
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 255-262
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  1. About the Author, Production Notes
  2. pp. 272-273
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252095351
Related ISBN
9780252038082
MARC Record
OCLC
862745819
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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