Setting the Record Straight: Mormons and Polygamy
When did Joseph Smith introduce polygamy?
How many wives did Joseph Smith and Brigham Young have?
What is the LDS view of polygamy today?
One of the most misunderstood aspects of the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is its practice of plural marriage during the nineteenth century.
In the twenty-first century members of the Church and those outside the faith have a hard time comprehending why early Latter-day Saints agreed to a marriage pattern so foreign to their traditional Victorian values.
This book looks at the reasons they did so.
In addition, it answers some of the common questions about Mormons and polygamy. How long did the practice continue? How many wives did Mormons have? Did all Mormon men marry multiple wives? How did men, women, and children feel about the practice?
Scholar and historian Jessie L. Embry, Ph.D., examines the answers to these questions.
By Raye Jean, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Excellent review and summary. Nice timeline regarding important events related to the practice of polygamy.
By Jared M., Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is an excellent survey of the LDS sanctioned practice of polygamy. The author addresses not only questions related to who, how many, and when, but also how. For someone who would like a straight-forward treatise on this oft misunderstood subject, I would highly recommend this book.