The Polygamous Wives Writing Club

  • by Paula Kelly Harline
  • Narrated by Paula Kelly Harline
  • 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints renounced the practice of plural marriage in 1890. In the mid- to late 19th century, however - the heyday of Mormon polygamy - as many as three out of every 10 Mormon women became polygamous wives.
Paula Kelly Harline delves deep into the diaries and autobiographies of 29 such women, providing a rare window into the lives they led and revealing their views and experiences of polygamy, including their well-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 19th-century social and religious rules of a monogamous America. Harline considers the questions: Were these women content with their sacrifice? Did the benefits of polygamous marriage for the Mormons outweigh the human toll it required and the 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 Harline explores give voice to far more than unhappiness and discontent. The personal writings of these women, all married to different husbands, are the heart of this remarkable audiobook - they paint a vivid and sometimes disturbing picture of an all but vanished and still controversial way of life.

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Great stories of early Mormonism!

This a great and detailed account of the many beautiful and tragic filled lives of early mormon settlers as they transitioned from polygamy back to monogamy marriage. It's an inside look of the real attitudes and perspectives from early Mormon women who lived it all. I strongly recommend this book to anyone seeking greater historical knowledge and understanding of early Mormonism, even if your area of interest isn't religious or polygamy related as mine is not. Awesome narration too!
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- Shane

Very interesting!

I'm no Mormon. But, the reality and grit of this pioneer women's stories are not to be put down. Loved it.
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- Ms. Redwine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios