By Christine Talbot

ISBN-10: 0252038088

ISBN-13: 9780252038082

ISBN-10: 0252079574

ISBN-13: 9780252079573

The years from 1852 to 1890 marked a debatable interval in Mormonism, whilst the church's legitimate include of polygamy positioned it at odds with wider American tradition. during this research, Christine Talbot explores the arguable period, discussing how plural marriage generated a long time of cultural and political clash over competing definitions of valid marriage, kin constitution, and American identity.


In specific, Talbot examines "the Mormon query" with consciousness to the way it built rules approximately American citizenship round the presumed separation of the private and non-private spheres. opposite to the present proposal of guy as political actor, lady as family keeper, and non secular sense of right and wrong as fullyyt inner most, Mormons enfranchised girls and framed non secular perform as a political act. the best way Mormonism undermined the public/private divide led white, middle-class american citizens to reply by way of attacking not only Mormon sexual and marital norms but additionally Mormons' very health as americans. Poised on the intersection of the background of the yank West, Mormonism, and nineteenth-century tradition and politics, this conscientiously researched exploration considers the ways that Mormons and anti-Mormons either wondered and built rules of the nationwide physique politic, citizenship, gender, the relations, and American tradition at large.

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