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Solemn Covenant : THE MORMON POLYGAMOUS PASSAGE - B. Carmon Hardy

Solemn Covenant


Hardcover Published: 30th June 1992
ISBN: 9780252018336
Number Of Pages: 488

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In his famous Manifesto of 1890, Mormon church president Wilford Woodruff called for an end to the more than fifty-year practice of polygamy. Fifteen years later, two men were dramatically expelled from the Quorum of Twelve Apostles for having taken post-Manifesto plural wives and encouraged the step by others. Evidence reveals, however, that hundreds of Mormons (including several apostles) were given approval to enter such relationships after they supposedly were banned.
Why would Mormon leaders endanger agreements allowing Utah to become a state and risk their church's reputation by engaging in such activities--all the while denying the fact to the world? This book seeks to find the answer through a review of the Mormon polygamous experience from its beginnings.
In the course of national debate over polygamy, Americans generally were unbending in their allegiance to monogamy. Solemn Covenant provides the most careful examination ever undertaken of Mormon theological, social, and biological defenses of "the principle."
Although polygamy was never a way of life for the majority of Latter-day Saints in the nineteenth century, Carmon Hardy contends that plural marriage enjoyed a more important place in the Saints' restorationist vision than most historians have allowed. Many Mormons considered polygamy a prescription for health, an antidote for immorality, and a key to better government. Despite intense pressure from the nation to end the experiment, because of their belief in its importance and gifts, polygamy endured as an approved arrangement among church members well into the twentieth century.
Hardy demonstrates how Woodruff's Manifesto of 1890 evolved from a tactic to preserve polygamy into a revelation now used to prohibit it. Solemn Covenant examines the halting passage followed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as it transformed itself into one of America's most vigilant champions of the monogamous way.

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"Adroitly delivered ... gripping in topic ... heartrending in description of the human experience... compelling in its social arguments." -- American Historical Review

The Principle Commencedp. 1
Civilization Threatened: Mormon Polygamy under Siegep. 39
Blessings of the Abrahamic Householdp. 84
Tactical Retreat: The Manifesto of 1890p. 127
The Principle Continued Abroad and at Homep. 167
Church Leaders and Post-Manifesto Polygamyp. 206
The Leaders Divide: Roberts and Smoot, Taylor and Cowleyp. 244
The Mormon-Progressive Encounter: A New Crusadep. 284
Late Efforts and Polygamy's Declinep. 310
Monogamous Triumphp. 336
Appendix I: Lying for the Lord: An Essayp. 363
Appendix II: Mormon Polygamous Marriages after the 1890 Manifesto through 1910: A Tentative Listp. 389
Name Indexp. 427
Subject Indexp. 437
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ISBN: 9780252018336
ISBN-10: 0252018338
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 30th June 1992
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.82

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