A House Full Of Females: Plural Marriage And Women's Rights In Early Mormonism
- Religion & The Ancient World, Society & Culture, American History
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The power of plurality
Our fascination with early Mormon society has focused largely on its founding prophets. Pulitzer Prize-winner Laurel Thatcher Ulrich offers a welcome corrective as she portrays the women of "plural marriage," whose seemingly ordinary lives belied a revolutionary spirit, drive, and determination.
Through a cache of nineteenth-century diaries and letters, Ulrich reveals how these women became powerful political actors in spite of-or because of-their marital arrangements. So deep was their influence that their right to vote in Utah was granted by a Mormon-dominated legislature in 1870 as an outgrowth of polygamy-fifty years ahead of the vote nationally ratified by Congress.
Here is a refreshing new angle on a culture long shrouded in mystery.
"Pulitzer-winner Ulrich gives readers a day-to-day look at the hardships early Mormons endured as pioneers and religious outlaws but also takes a broader view of longer-term changes in the religion...Impeccable scholarship and a fascinating topic."-Publishers Weekly
"[A] deeply researched, well-informed history of marriage and family life among 19th-century Mormons....Besides considering the emotional toll of plural marriage, Ulrich questions the spiritual needs-and desire for authoritarian leadership-that drew adherents to Mormonism and sustained their faith even under extreme duress."-Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University, and a former president of both the American Historical Association and the Mormon History Association. As a MacArthur Fellow, Ulrich worked on the PBS documentary based on her Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Midwife's Tale.
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|Release Date:||January 10, 2017|