The Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer Women by Paula Kelly HarlineThe Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer Women by Paula Kelly Harline

The Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer Women

byPaula Kelly Harline

Hardcover | May 21, 2014

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The Church of Latter-day Saints renounced the practice of plural marriage in 1890. In the mid- to late nineteenth century, however - the heyday of Mormon polygamy - as many as three out of every ten Mormon women became polygamous wives. Paula Kelly Harline delves deep into the diaries andautobiographies of twenty-nine such women, providing a rare window into the lives they led and revealing their views and experiences of polygamy, including their well-founded belief that their domestic contributions would help to build a foundation for generations of future Mormons. Polygamous wives were participants in a controversial and very public religious practice that violated most nineteenth-century social and religious rules of a monogamous America. Harline considers the questions: Were these women content with their sacrifice? Did the benefits of polygamous marriagefor the Mormons outweigh the human toll it required and the embarrassment it continues to bring? Polygamous wives faced daunting challenges not only imposed by the wider society but within the home, yet those whose writings Harline explores give voice to far more than unhappiness and discontent.The personal writings of these women, all married to different husbands, are the heart of this remarkable book - they paint a vivid and sometimes disturbing picture of an all but vanished and still controversial way of life.
Paula Kelly Harline has been teaching college writing for over 20 years at the University of Idaho, Brigham Young University, and Utah Valley University. She has also worked as a free-lance writer and artist. She currently lives with her family in Provo, Utah.
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Title:The Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer WomenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 21, 2014Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199346509

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Depressing stuff! These women all believed very strongly in their Mormon faith, and believed in the idea of plural marriage, but they found the actual practice to be incredibly hard.
Date published: 2017-02-02

Table of Contents

WelcomeI Settling Utah Territory: Polygamous Yet Still Monogamous1. I was perfectly willing...but still it was hard2. I had admired his conduct on the plains3. Interlude: Justifying Polygamy4. It is a heart historyII Making Sense of "Sisterhood": First Wives and Younger Wives5. the drudge and tail of such women6. Interlude: Sometimes Sisterhood7. many nights my pillow would be wet with grief8. I could not say that I loved the man as lovers loveIII Abandoning Polygamy: Weariness9. word came the marshalls were coming, so I skipped out10. Interlude: The 1890 Manifesto Transition11. I grew rebellious12. I heard a voice say you are away from Mr ChestnutFarewellSources