This historic fictional volume was published in 1860. Excerpts from the book's Introduction: The following narrative tells its own sad tale; but will its moral sink deeply in the hearts of the people of this Union who are now called upon to admit Deseret into this brotherhood of States? The people of Utah, strengthened by numbers until the pop- ulation now reaches upward oThis historic fictional volume was published in 1860. Excerpts from the book's Introduction: The following narrative tells its own sad tale; but will its moral sink deeply in the hearts of the people of this Union who are now called upon to admit Deseret into this brotherhood of States? The people of Utah, strengthened by numbers until the pop- ulation now reaches upward of 77,000 inhabitants, have prepared their Constitution, and will, ere this work reaches the hands of the reader, have presented it to Congress, asking for admission as a State. Ere that admission is granted we conjure every man who has respect for humanity and for progress, to pause over this little record of one history, and then, multiplying it by tens of thousands, say if he can find it in his heart to fellowship with such a moral monster as Deseret now is, and will continue to be under the laws and Constitution which she has pre- scribed for herself. ................................................. Repulsive as slavery appears to us, we can but deem polygamy a thing more loathsome and poison- ous to social and political purity. Half-civilized States have ceased its practice as dangerous to hap- piness, and as outraging every instinct of the bet- ter nature within every breast ; and as ages rolled away they left the institution behind as one of the relics of barbarism which marked the half-developed state of man as a social being. Its last remaining shadow now rests upon the Turk, and he, profiting by the ex- ample of his sultan, is gradually casting it aside, and soon will stand forth as a monogamist. And thus it bade fair to die out, and woman and society bade fair to come forth clad in a nobility of moral purity, which should, indeed, seem like the livery of heaven. Who could have prophesied that in republican Amer- ica the lie should be given to that promise, and that the atrocity, protected by the strong arm of govern- ment, should become once more a power for evil? Excerpts from the book: It was the first day of June, and Margaret Fletcher's wedding-day. She was to be married in the evening, and all the afternoon she sat alone in her chamber. It was a small, low room in the upper half- story of the old farm house ; but it was pleasant despite of its smallness. Its window looked over the rose-bushes and pinks in the front yard, across the road, to the meadow and woodland beyond, and to the blue line of the sea lying in the distance. "Within, all wore that look of order and neatness which spoke the purity of the maiden's tastes. The curtains of dimity at the window and around the toilet-table were newly hung and deco- rated with sprays of myrtle and rose-buds. The fine linen pillow-casings and handsome counter- panes were exquisitely white; a dress of snowy Indian lawn, a pair of satin slippers, and two or three simple adornments for the robe lay upon the bed. Guiltless of a knowledge of French per- fumery, Margaret had strewn rose-leaves over the bridal attire and throughout the room. She sat at the casement, her head leaned into her hand, looking off in the direction of the ocean, but seeing only the dream-land of the future in which her thoughts were wandering. ...............................................................................
|Title||:||lives of female mormons a narrative of facts stranger than fiction|
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lives of female mormons a narrative of facts stranger than fiction Reviews
An emotional and dramatic 19th century account of the evils of polygamy. Polygamy has long been associated with serious problems: the repression of women, which this book addresses; underage girls too young to give legal consent forced into marriage with older men; and young men driven from their communities by older men competing for the available females. In this case, Metta Victor has some personal experience since her mother was born into a Mormon family. In 1850 the author's own aunt, Araminta Maria Woodworth, was living in Utah and was the second of her husband's five wives. With the exception of the Mormons, polygamy has never been accepted by Americans of northern and western European descent and has always been associated by them with Middle Eastern harems and Muslims in Asia, and Africa. In 1862, Lincoln signed into law a federal anti-bigamy bill but it was not enforceable in the Utah Territory. In 1874, Congress strengthened the anti-polygamy laws to limit the power of Mormons over the justice system in Utah.