JI on Polygamy

By October 25, 2014

On Wednesday, we here at JI declared we were happy to (try to) answer any questions about polygamy people may have, in response to the Church publishing two more essays on the topic. In preparation for that post (or several posts) next week, I’ve hunted through the archives to find older posts on the subject. (Warning, there are a lot.) I’ve tried to group them thematically here below.

LDS responses to anti-polygamy legislation

Responses: Patrick Mason on David Pulsipher on Mormon Civil Disobedience

Joseph H. Dean and Joseph F. Smith on Mexico/Polygamy

The Manifesto and post-Manifesto polygamy

A Review of Lu Ann Faylor Snyder and Phillip A. Snyder, eds., Post Manifesto Polygamy: The 1899-1904 Correspondence of Helen, Owen, and Avery Woodruff (and another review here)

Wasted Seed and Spent Men: Corinne Allen Tuckerman and the Politics of Polygamy after 1890

Reading Like a Conspiracy Theorist, Part 1: A Post-Manifesto Polygamist?s Diary, Part 2: The Case for Polygamy, Part 3: Quinn and Hardy

Quantifying Polygamy

From the Archives: Joseph Smith III Congratulates Wilford Woodruff on the Manifesto

Remembering polygamy

From Embrace to Embarrassment: Remembering Joseph Smith?s Polygamy

Peculiar Questions Briefly Answered: Charles W. Penrose on Polygamy, Etc.

?Plurality of Wives was an Incident, Never an Essential?: James E. Talmage on Polygamy

Mormon Folklore, Part Two (Polygamy)

Susa Young Gates, Juanita Brooks, and Plural Marriage: Situating the Legacy of Polygamy in the 1920s and 1930s

Celestial Polygamy is Inevitable

Grub Street History: Peggy Fletcher Stack and The Polygamies of Joseph Smith and Warren Jeffs

The Perspectives on Parley Pratt?s Autobiography: BiV on ?Conjugal Relations of Parley P. Pratt as Portrayed in his Autobiography?

Women and the Manifesto: Painting with Broad Strokes

Specific Polygamous Relationships

Helen Mar Kimball blessing and the dating of her marriage to Joseph Smith

Hannah Tapfield King?s Introduction to Polygamy and Hannah Tapfield King, Gendered History, and Class

Movie Review: Emma Smith: A Really Great Catch and Emma Smith Movie, Again

 Polygamy and gender

?The cheerless, crushed and unwomanly mothers of polygamy?

?Either a misogynist or proto-feminist?: Women and Polygamy in John Turner?s ?Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet?

Passionate Stability: Polygamy, Dating, and the Creation of Modern Mormon Gender

Thoughts on Polyandry

Polygamy and race

Black Methodists, White Mormons: Race and Antipolygamy

?Prelude to American Imperialism?: Mormon Polygamy, Natural Law, and Whiteness

?A situation worse than polygamy?: Mormon Missionaries, ?Mulattos?, and Defending the Faith in North Carolina, 1900


When Did Mormons Become Straight: The Intersections of Mormon History and Queer Theory

Spatial Dynamics and Polygamous Burial Practices

Notes from the Utah State Historical Society?s 56th Annual Conference, Part 2: Polygamy

From the Archives: ?Polygamy?is Conducive to Health, Ingelligence, and Longevity?, An 1885 Letter of George Reynolds on Ebay

Article filed under Miscellaneous


  1. Thanks for this, Saskia.

    Comment by Steve Fleming — October 25, 2014 @ 9:07 am

  2. Fantastic! Thanks for chasing all these down!

    Comment by J Stuart — October 25, 2014 @ 9:46 am

  3. So glad to have all these links in one place. Happy weekend reading, everyone!

    Comment by Tona H — October 26, 2014 @ 6:48 am

  4. The “Celestial Polygamy is Enevitable” article got my attention. So much attention is paid to polygamy as practiced in the early days of the church, with sisters today constantly saying they would NEVER participate in plural marriage. Yet, there is a silent contingent of sisters who have married, then been widowed, and then remarried. I don’t hear them claiming they could never be in a plural marriage situation. Perhaps we will all have to choose a one and only. But for those who’ve had happy marriages to more than one spouse, the thought of having to choose is horrible.

    Comment by IDIAT — October 26, 2014 @ 1:20 pm

  5. This is very helpful! Thanks for compiling it!

    Comment by Patrick — October 26, 2014 @ 5:38 pm


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