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The Antipolygamy Controversy in U.S. Women's Movements, 1880-1925

A Debate on the American Home, 1st Edition

By Joan Smyth Iversen

Routledge

336 pages

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First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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"Joan Iversen's study of the Mormon-sufferage alliance and successive national antipolygamy movements is rich in detail and well-grounded in the latest historical literature . . .as women's history and gender studies seek to recast the main outlines of the dominant intrepretations of US history, this book adds its voice to a growing chorus who are proclaiming that women were actors, grass-roots activists, and opinion-shapers in nationalmovemnts that previous generations of historials understood through only the eyes of meno." -- Phoebe

"…rich in detail and well-grounded in the latest historical literature. This book asks basic questions about how social arrangements and religion affect women's condition and how such arrangements can and cannot be affected by reform movements." -- Phoebe

"…the narrative is both accessible and exciting: strongly organized, vividly illustrated with telling vignettes and quotations, and insightfully analyzed for meaning and connections with larger currents of nineteenth century thought." -- The Journal of Mormon History

"Further-bibliography, they are a treasure trove, an essential guide to archival depositories and to existing publications…I unequivocally recommend the Antipolygamy Controversy in U.S. Women's Movement 1880-1925 to scholars and novices who wish they knew more about polygamy, the antipolygamy movement, and the women's movement of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries."

"Quibbls aside, this volume makes a significant contribution to a number of different fields. Particularly compelling is Iversen's discussion of how both suffragists and their opponents used antipolygamy rhetoric to further their own aims until women were given the vote in 1920."

"Joan Iversen's study of the Mormon-suffrage alliance and successive national antipolygamy movements is rich in detail and well-grounded in the latest historical literature…As women's history and gender studies seek to recast the main outlines of the dominant interpretations of U.S. history, this book adds its voice to a growing chorus who are proclaiming that women were actors, grass roots activists, and opinion-shapers in national movements that previous generations of historians understood only through the eyes of men."

"…On top of its sights into moral reform movements, this book will be provocative for students of the progressive era…Within this outstanding study the author displays a grasp of the literature on women, Mormonism, reform, Utah's history, among many other topics…For me, a descendant of Utah's polygamous Mormon women, Iversen's portrayal of my ancestors' sturdiness and their connection to larger issues in women's history has been a gift. Certainly, future scholars will need to turn to her work as one of the pioneering books on moral reform and the roots of women's influence in late-nineteenth and early twentieth century American political culture."

"This book is the first clear narrative of the women's antipolygamy movement, a deeply researched, carefully written, comprehensive, and valuable analysis of events, personalities, causes, and effects. Although Iversen modestly calls it a beginning for further inquiry(preface),thus inviting detailed histories of virtually every movement and organization; this work establishes the field within which future scholars will work and confirms definitively the importance of antipolygamy activism in the nineteenth-century U.S. woman's movement."

"Thanks to the comprehensiveness of Iversen's research, the narrative is both accessible and exciting: strongly organized, vividly illustrated with telling vignettes and quotations, and insightfully analyzed for meaning and connections with larger current of nineteenth-century thought. Furthermore, despite my dislike for the visual presentation of the endnotes and bibliography, they are a treasure trove, an essential guide to archival depositories and to existing publications…I unequivocally recommend the Antipolygamy Controversy in U.S. Women's Movement 1880-1925 to scholars and novices who wish they knew more about polygamy, the antipolygamy movement, and the women's movement of the nineteenth and early twentieth century."

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