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Emotional and Priestly Logic of Plural Marriage, The

Kathleen Flake

Publication Year: 2010

Kathleen Flake, associate professor of American religious history at Vanderbilt University examines the logic of those women who thrived, rather than suffered, in early Mormon polygamy, and finds that the marriage covenant granted them priestly rights and independence through the powers of heaven.

Published by: Utah State University Press

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pp. iii-iv

The establishment of a lecture series honoring a library’s special collections and a donor to that collection is unique. Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library houses the personal and historical collection of Leonard J. Arrington, a renowned scholar of the American West. As part of Arrington’s gift to the university, he requested that the university’s historical collection become the focus for...

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The nineteenth century in America was increasingly a time of high romance and low tolerance for Mormonism. Tonight I will discuss the relationship between these trends to better understand the logic of the Saints’ marital practices. 1 First, though, let me pause to say a few things about logic. Logic is not an absolute but rather a set of assertions based upon specific premises or assumptions.

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“Plural marriage destroys the oneness, of course,” but to her that oneness had meant “she was so bound and so united to her husband that she could do nothing without him.” Though it had been a “trial of her feelings” to lose it, she could now “see some advantages;” namely, “she is freer and can do...

E-ISBN-13: 9780874218039
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874218022

Publication Year: 2010