More Wives Than One : Transformation of the Mormon Marriage System, 1840-1910
More Wives Than One offers an in-depth look at the long-term interaction between belief and the practice of polygamy, or plural marriage, among the Latter-day Saints. Focusing on the small community of Manti, Utah, Kathryn M. Daynes provides an intimate view of how Mormon doctrine and Utah laws on marriage and divorce were applied in people's lives.
- Hardback | 328 pages
- 160.02 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 680.39g
- 16 Oct 2001
- University of Illinois Press
- Baltimore, United States
"This meticulously documented book provides information and insights about how plural marriage actually worked." -- Choice "All subsequent study of this system must now begin with her work." --Western Historical Quarterly ADVANCE PRAISE "This superb book is far and away the best study of Mormon polygamy ever to appear. Kathryn Daynes provides a feast of information and historical context, summarizing and analyzing intelligently and with admirable balance virtually every issue that has ever been raised in connection with Mormon polygamy. This is a gem." -- Dean L. May, author of Three Frontiers: Family, Land, and Society in the American West, 1850-1900 "Kathryn Daynes's More Wives Than One is the most authoritative account of Mormon "plural marriage"--polygamy--ever written. A clear, engaging history of marriage in one nineteenth-century Mormon town, Manti, Utah, More Wives Than One offers an imaginative, thorough, and scrupulously fair account of Mormonism's most controversial spiritual practice in all its social and religious dimensions--a radiant example of scholarship's enlivening intellectual potential." -- Jon Butler, author of Religion in Colonial America "Kathryn Daynes has combined meticulous research into the lives of families in Manti, Utah, with a superb sense of the interaction between law and religion. This book is a multi-faceted jewel, illuminating the clashes of doctrine and legislation in nineteenth-century Utah, and the meaning that such clashes had in the lives of individuals. No prior book on polygamy has given us such a rich and thoughtful account of how the Mormon marriage system affected all of society, as well as those who lived the principle." -- Sarah Barringer Gordon, author of The Mormon Question: Polygamy and Constitutional Conflict in Nineteenth-Century America
About Kathryn M. Daynes
Kathryn M. Daynes, an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University, is a contributor to Nauvoo in Mormon History and Fulfilling the Founding: A Reader for American Heritage.