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Plural Wife

The Life Story of Mabel Finlayson Allred

Mabel Finlayson Allred, author, and Martha Sonntag Bradley, editor

Publication Year: 2012

Mabel Finlayson Allred was a wife of Rulon Allred, leader of the Apostolic United Brethren, one of the major groups of fundamentalist Mormons who, since about the 1930s, have practiced plural marriage as separatists from the mainstream Latter-day Saints Church.
   Mabel’s autobiography maintains a mood of everyday normalcy strikingly in contrast with the stress of the ostracized life she was living. Her cheerful tone, expressive of her wish to live simply and gracefully in this world, is tempered by more somber descriptions of her personal struggle with clinical depression, of Rulon Allred’s inner struggles, of tensions with the law and with Allred’s fundamentalist colleagues, and ultimately by her forthright account of his assassination.
    Emerging from this unique narrative is the portrait of a woman buoyed by faith in both her religion and her husband, a window into the interior life of a woman seeking a resilient simplicity in an uncommonly challenging life.
    Plural Wife, conntextualized by Martha Bradley’s introduction, gives us insight into Mabel’s experience of history during an important period of the 20th century and advances our understanding of life ways of 20th century polygamy and the growth of the fundamentalist movement.

Published by: Utah State University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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Illustrations

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p. vi-vi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-61

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah in the 1950s in a subdivision of ranch style homes at the foothill of Mount Olympus. Our family had one father . . .

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Preface

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pp. 63-66

Often when I make a new friend, I am asked, “Where did you come from?” I answer, “From Heaven, of course.” I feel that that is verily true, . . .

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My Life Story

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pp. 67-186

“Run across the street and tell Mrs. Basset to come over right away. And tell her to hurry!” My oldest sister Birdie, eleven and a half years old, . . .

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Postlude: Dedication to their parents

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pp. 187-190

The ending of the life story of Mabel Finlayson Allred came early on the morning of May 6, 2005. Mama, or Mom, as she is called by her six . . .

“My Darling Mabel”: Letters and poetry

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pp. 191-193


E-ISBN-13: 9780874218756
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874218749

Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: 1
Series Title: The Life Writings of Frontier Women