- Tapa blanda: 630 páginas
- Editor: Cosimo Classics (1 de julio de 2010)
- Colección: Cosimo Classics
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1616403101
- ISBN-13: 978-1616403102
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Wife No. 19 (Cosimo Classics) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 jul 2010
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Wife No. 19 is the story of one of Brigham Young's 55 wives, and her experiences with polygamy and the Mormon Church. Ann Eliza Young wrote her autobiography in order to inform the rest of the United States, so disengaged with the goings-on in Utah, the bondage Mormonism and polygamy held on women. She didn't publish the book until 1876, after Brigham Young's death, because he so opposed her work and testimony against his church, and because their divorce had been so public and volatile. Ann Eliza Young, born in 1844, was the 19th wife of Brigham Young, well-known leader of the early Mormon Church and husband to 55 women. After rebelling from Mormon teachings, rejecting the idea that God intends men to have plural marriages, and divorcing her husband, Ann Eliza toured the country, speaking, writing, and campaigning to end polygamy in the United States. Her eventual testimony before Congress in 1875 helped secure the Poland Act, which enabled the Federal government to end polygamy in Utah. Ann Eliza was married three times and had two children, both from her first marriage. She continued to fight for women's rights until her death.
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However, the reality of the truth is so much different, so much uglier and so much more disturbing than the "sanitized " version we have all been fed over the years. The author of "Wife No.19" was Brigham Young's 19th wife, Ann Eliza Young.... she gives us a first hand account of a full believing member of the early church and the dangerous lifestyle and deadly deeds of it's own members.
This comment is directed to ALL believing, questioning or curious members of the LDS faith. If you can get through the first 150 pages of this book you will come to realize that what we have been taught as modern day members of the LDS faith is a completely distorted lie about Polygamy and it's practice within the LDS religion. I have no words to really describe the heartache I felt as I read this book....... my testimony further imploded. I felt too, for the poor women and men that were duped into the practice and the long term effect it had on the women and children.... especially females. Traded like cattle - treated worse.
The early church lost many members in those days because of this wicked practice....they simply stopped believing. But many missionaries were sent to Europe and told not to discuss polygamy and if asked about it, to deny it's practice among the Saints back in the states. Many Europeans especially the English, converted to the faith in Europe, they sold all they had for passage to America. Missionaries converted 1000's from Europe to join this religion with a promise of a better life in America.
Upon their arrival, European members soon learned of polygamy and faced the diabolical truth once they arrived in Utah.
Many without a penny to their name were forced to succumb to the reality that was Mormon......they were taught over and over the practice of polygamy until it seemed righteous and normal and good. They witnessed almost all families with plural wives living in the same household. It was a normality there. Many too poor to return to their homeland who did not believe in polygamy and felt they had been deceived , suffered a life that was demining and cruel. It was too dangerous to leave the territory ruled by a self governed LDS Prophet, Brigham Young. Many who tried to leave were met with death or destruction. The Indians were frequently blamed for the evil deeds when in reality it was Mormon henchmen doing the killing, robbing and destruction of person and property under the rule of Brigham Young all in the name of religion and something called the Blood Oath.
The book is riveting, Linguistically it takes a bit of getting used to the way it reads. It was written in the 1800's fashion and style of language. I highly recommend this book. It is an eye opener and another testament to the untruthfulness of the LDS culture and church.
I applaud the books author. She is a true hero. She risked her life writing this book and promoting it in the late 1800's. She was threatened by Brigham Young and his henchmen not to do it, not to promote it and they smeared her name the best they could. But she managed to escape from the desolate territory of Utah back to the "states" (civilization) as she called it, out of the clutches of the danger she faced while in Utah. She tried to educate both the believer and non believer about the church and polygamy. It was a gut wrenching, hard read. I wept in many parts feeling for these poor people. These poor women. I believe her account. It has historical value and worth. It was a first hand account of the travesty and sufferings of the early day LDS members during the formative years.
If a member of the Mormon church that is searching for answers or even one that is not - can read even the first 100 pages and STILL be a believer in the church, I would have to wonder about your level of indoctrination. The book is a deserving account of the earliest of days in the formation of the religion and what extreme measures the leaders went through to get members
Ms. Young broke with her church and enlightened 'gentiles' about its practices. It was a courageous and radical thing to do for a woman in her time.
And then came the mandate for polygamy.
What Ann Eliza Young relates is paranoid psychosis proliferating through population and profiteering and plain crime and cruelty to become an institution of vast wealth and even socio-political importance in the present.
But we should, perhaps, overlook the dishonesty, the immorality, the misogyny, the polygamy, the murders, the massacre of Mountain Meadows.
Gotta give the founding Mormons credit.
They built the temple, have the choir.
And that's accomplishment that what I'd consider a sinister-sister sect lacks. . . . . I refer to Scientology, of course.
But . . . . the above should not be condemnation of Mormons or of the Mormon institution of today. Just as the history Catholicism, that of Mormonism involves megalomania, aggrandizement, exploitation, even outright cruelty and carnage.
Before a judgement of modern Mormonism, one should read far more than this one book. But to realize the founding and foundation of the "faith",
WIFE NO. 19 is a most important reference.