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

Paula Kelly Harline


This book analyzes the personal writings (autobiographies and diaries) of 29 obscure Mormon pioneer women who became polygamous wives between 1847 and 1890 in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. The three sections of the book develop these three themes: 1) Mormons were trying to integrate polygamy into a culture that was overwhelmingly monogamous in practice and attitude, and, in general, wives never felt comfortable with polygamy because there was something adulterous about it; 2) although sisterhood was a Mormon hallmark, wives found it hard to treat their husban ... More

Keywords: polygamy, nineteenth century, Mormon, women, pioneers, personal writings, autobiographies, diaries, American West, Manifesto

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199346509
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199346509.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paula Kelly Harline, author
Brigham Young University