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A Foreign Kingdom: Mormons and Polygamy in American Political Culture, 1852-1890

Christine Talbot


The years from 1852 to 1890 marked a controversial period in Mormonism, when the church's official embrace of polygamy put it at odds with wider American culture. This book explores the controversial era, discussing how plural marriage generated decades of cultural and political conflict over competing definitions of legitimate marriage, family structure, and American identity. In particular, the book examines “the Mormon question” with attention to how it constructed ideas about American citizenship around the presumed separation of the public and private spheres. Contrary to the prevailing n ... More

Keywords: Mormonism, polygamy, American culture, plural marriage, legitimate marriage, family structure, American identity, American citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038082
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038082.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Talbot, author
University of Northern Colorado