New PDF release: A Foreign Kingdom: Mormons and Polygamy in American

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 legit embody of polygamy positioned it at odds with wider American tradition. during this examine, 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, family members constitution, and American identity.


In specific, Talbot examines "the Mormon query" with consciousness to the way it built principles approximately American citizenship round the presumed separation of the private and non-private spheres. opposite to the existing proposal of guy as political actor, lady as family keeper, and non secular judgment of right and wrong as solely inner most, Mormons enfranchised ladies and framed spiritual perform as a political act. the way in which 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 in addition Mormons' very health as americans. Poised on the intersection of the historical past of the yank West, Mormonism, and nineteenth-century tradition and politics, this conscientiously researched exploration considers the ways that Mormons and anti-Mormons either puzzled and built principles of the nationwide physique politic, citizenship, gender, the family members, and American tradition at large.

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