Bad marriages had women running to and away from Mormon polygamy, historian says

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"The Elders' Happy Home" cartoon from 1881. Photo courtesy Library of Congress

"The Elders' Happy Home" cartoon from 1881. Photo courtesy Library of Congress

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“Latter-day Saints shockingly were closer to the so-called free lovers of the 19th century than to the evangelical Protestants who were opposing them (Mormons) and opposing divorce.” historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich told a crowd of Mormon scholars recently.

  • hoffbegone

    For many of us the world did not exist any other way than it was when we were born. Attitudes about many things were much different then they are today.

    Very interesting article.

    This is also a very interesting read about historical marriage: http://www.blainerobison.com/concerns/polygamy.htm

  • Greg1

    We have gained much, but lost much as well. Regarding the Stanton quote, well she tends to broad brush the whole Christian lot. But I would beg to differ in that women in the Catholic Church were given true dignity, compared to the surrounding cultures. A good, honest read of Eph. 5:21-33 shows how different Christianity was, culturally, from the outset. Yes, eventually women were given greater roles, but all takes time. As far as the Mormon polygamous marriages, well, as Larry would say, hey, it’s all about “love” and nothing more. I’m not sure why he is agreeable to gay marriage, but refuses these people who are in love to bond it legally.