Modern Polygamy in the United States: Historical, Cultural, and Legal Issues

Paperback | February 1, 2011

EditorCardell K. Jacobson, Lara Burton

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Few people realize that polygamy continues to exist in the United States. Thus, world-wide attention focused on the State of Texas in 2008 as agents surrounded the compound of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) and took custody of more than 400 children.Several members of this schismatic religious group, whose women adorned themselves in "prairie dresses," admitted to practicing polygamy. The state justified the raid on charges that underage marriage was being forced on young women. A year later, however, all but one of the children had beenreturned to their parents and only ten men were charged with crimes, some barely related to the original charges. This book reveals the history, culture, and sometimes an insider's look at the polygamous groups located primarily in the western parts of the United States. The contributors to this volume are historians, anthropologists, and sociologists familiar with the various groups. A legal scholar also addresses the legality of the Texas raid and a geneticist examines the paternity issues. Together, these authors provide a much needed understanding of thesurprisingly large number of groups and individuals who live a quiet polygamous life style in the United States.

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Few people realize that polygamy continues to exist in the United States. Thus, world-wide attention focused on the State of Texas in 2008 as agents surrounded the compound of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) and took custody of more than 400 children.Several members of this schismatic religious gr...

Cardell K. Jacobson is Karl G. Maeser Professor of General Education at Brigham Young University. Lara Burton is a PhD Candidate at Brigham Young University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Cardell K. Jacobson and Lara Burton: Prologue and Introduction: The Incident At Eldorado, TexasSection 1: Historical and Cultural Patterns of Polygamy in the United States: Estranged Groups1. Martha Sonntag Bradley: A Repeat of History: A Comparison of the Short Creek and El Dorado Raids on the FLDS2. Heber B. Hammon and William Jankowiak: One Vision: The Making, Unmaking, and Remaking of a Fundamentalist Polygamous Community3. Ken Driggs: Life Among the FLDS: Not Perfect, But Not Deluded and Not Monsters4. Janet Bennison: History, Culture, and Variability of Mormon Schismatic Groups5. Kathryn Daynes: Differing Polygamous Patterns: Nineteenth Century LDS and Twenty-First Century FLDS Marriage SystemsSection 2: Social Scientists Examine Polygamy and the Seizure of the FLDS Children6. Tim B. Heaton and Cardell K. Jacobson: Demographic, Social and Economic Characteristics of a Polygamist Community7. Janet Bennion: The Many Faces of Polygamy: An Analysis of the Variability in Modern Mormon Fundamentalism in the Intermountain West8. Carrie A. Miles: "What's Love Got to Do with It?": Earthly Experience of Celestial Marriage, Past and Present9. Ryan T. Cragun and Michael Nielsen: Social Scientific Perspectives on the FLDS Raid and the Corresponding Media Coverage10. Gary Shepherd and Gordon Shepherd: Learning the Wrong Lessons: A Comparison of FLDS, Family International, and Branch Davidian Child-Protection Interventions11. Arland Thornton: The International Fight Against Barbarism: Historical and Comparative Perspectives on Marriage Timing, Consent, and PolygamySection 3: Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding the Seizure of the FLDS Children12. Deborah L. Cragun and Ryan T. Cragun: The Intricacies and Ethics of Parental Genetic Testing13. Linda F. Smith: Child Protection Law and the FLDS Raid in Texas