Paula Kelly Harline: The Polygamous Wives Writing Club



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R lives This is a collection of mini biographies of 29 women in 19th century Utah The author chose polygamous wives who were not connected to the leadership in Salt Lake It gives a broader picture of what the run of the mill xperience without being an Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files elite would have beenAnd how was it Lonely Always lonely And hard Nellie Parkinson wrote that it nearly killed me Since the Church urged it and the family all approved there was nothing to do but make the best of it But for the trial of polygamy life would have been very good I see of late years how foolish I was I could notscape it so should not have grievedMany women publicly defended it while privately lamenting and loathing it Some found solace and support with their sister wives while others found acrimony Others described their husband s wives with a deafening silence hardly giving them The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, even a nameThe journals were always straight forward and blunt about the hardship while the autobiographies dictated at thend of their life smoothed over and roses colored the tint They told the idealization than the reality This reflects the religious motive No one defended it well because of its pragmatic lements All defended it by religious duty and obligation This creates a conflicting legacy of price in the sacrifice polygamists ndured along with a persisting unease with the teachings and practices themselvesI found the religious pressure troubling Although in name women were supposed to be able to consent and have agency Social familial and An Italian Education ecclesiastic pressure tonter Celestial Marriage were great This was Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code especially hard reading about the teenage brides As polygamy was being reuired for advancement in leadership men felt obliged to into the arrangement By the late 1850 s mostligible women were married This placed pressure on marrying younger wives which they didI recommend the book It is a short 200 pages I think Paula Kelly Harline wrote an accessible uick romp through the lives of these women She gives thoughtful commentary and context We see the ups and downs of their lives Most importantly all is told from the voice diaries autobiographies of these faithful women We need and of this to help us understand the complex perplexed and vexing practice of plural marriage. Ired and the Look-Alike Lawman (Texas Twins, embarrassment it continues to bring Polygamous wives faced daunting challenges not only imposed by the wider society but within the home yet those whose writings Harlinexplores give voice to far than unhappiness and discontent The personal writings of these women all married to different husbands are the heart of this remarkable book they paint a vivid and sometimes disturbing picture of an all but vanished and still controversial way of lif.

Lly lived through the times though I m sure that was not the authors intent And I wish she d stuck to one woman s story at a time within the chapter instead of interweaving them as chapters progressed keeping track of all the wives and their husbands and children got stressful Also I didn t really understand why the chapters were put in the order they were There was certainly no chronology that flowed like from the time it started to when it Daddy Wanted ended because thend chapter didn t have much to do with the Manifesto at all it was about being in bad relationships And the subjects sections listed on the title page seemed randomly chosen not because they were deemed the most Forbidden Stranger essential things to learn from the women sxperiences It would ve been nice to know how many descendants remained faithful in the Church as a result of these faithful women as well More pictures would ve been nice too Snowy River Man even keeping track of her own family genealogy at thend got a little stressful without pictures to associate with the individuals she was discussing My favorite parts of the book aside from uotes from the actual wives was the interludes where the author wrote like an historian definitely her best and most interesting writing by far and very informative Hopefully the book will do well Night Moves (Harlequin Blaze enough to allow for anotherdition where some of the uirks can be smoothed out This book was fascinating Having polygamous ancestry in both my husband s and my family lines this topic was interesting to me What I loved about it was that the bulk of the material came from primary sources woven together in a lyrical narrative which let the reader draw hisher own conclusions about the practice The book follows a set of criteria in that the material used was from women who were not married to prominent church leaders and lived in Utah rather than during the Les brumes d'avalon : roman era of Nauvoo It also follows polygamy chronologically from the late 1840s to the 1890s from the height of its popularity to the waningra and what happened afterward All in all I was disabused of some of my assumptions about polygamly and I gained a much clearer picture of what it really was like It has given me the impetus to look and see what writings I may be able to find from my own grandmothers about thei. Ll founded belief that their domestic contributions would help to build a foundation for generations of future Mormons Polygamous wives were participants in a controversial and very public religious practice that violated most nineteenth century social and religious rules of a monogamous America Harline considers the uestions Were these women content with their sacrifice Did the benefits of polygamous marriage for the Mormons outweigh the human toll it reu.

A must read for Mormons I was surprised to learn how controversial polygamy was among members Malakai (Wicked Games, even when it was being practiced by the church Any inkling of an idea I havever had about polygamy having some benefits is gone What a terrible way to live A book to own A wonderful read I had to dock a star only because as others stated in their reviews I agree that we should have been given larger blocks of direct text from the diariesautobiographies or at least some appendices of The Carpenters Wife and Heart of Stone excerpts I also found myself keeping track of the various women with pen and paper because there was a bit of jumping around but Injoy doing that I have no ties to the Mormon church so for me there was no personal connection to the stories but it served as a phenomenally Celtic Fire (Rogue Angel, engaging glimpse into the worlds of those women This book shows the practice ofarly polygamy for what it was a complex system that had little governance and proved beneficial for some heartbreaking for others and difficult for all It made me want to research multiple diaries from the same families and anything left behind by the husbands as well Highly recommend this book for anyone interested in marriage history I m giving this book four stars because I think it is a great source for creating awareness of The Family Plan early Mormon polygamists as opposed to break off fundamentalist groups which are sadly under represented This author has obviously done a TON of research on the subject and I love that it s drawn from primary sources that she uotes from liberally throughout the book I took away a star because I didn t like the narrative and the organization of the text went against my tastes too I recognize that these are my own biases from the perspective of myself of course preferring raw historical facts to draw conclusions for myself rather than someonelse drawing conclusions that I felt were rashfalse instead As the author tried to imagine scenarios where people could meet it all seemed overly and liberally speculative to me and didn t add anything at all to the overall purpose of the book seemed like just a way to make it novel like in my mind which is something that bothers me in a lot of books today actually because some how it seems to trivialize the A Family Practice experiences of those who actua. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints renounced the practice of plural marriage in 1890 In the mid to late nineteenth century however the heyday of Mormon polygamy as many as three out ofvery ten Mormon women became polygamous wives Paula Kelly Harline delves deep into the diaries and autobiographies of twenty nine such women providing a rare window into the lives they led and revealing their views and xperiences of polygamy including their we.