We are excited to announce that Newell Bringhurst and Craig Foster, editors of the third and final volume in The Persistence of Polygamy series: Fundamentalist Mormon Polygamy from 1890 to the Present(published by John Whitmer Books), will be here THIS WEDNESDAY, September 30. Also in attendance will be several contributors to the volume: Barbara Jones Brown, Marianne Watson, Brian Hales, Chris Blythe, Pat Scott, Eric Rogers, Shannon Spafford & possibly others. They will begin signing books at 5:30 PM and will speak at 6:00–they will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail signed copies or hold them here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.
In this third volume of The Persistence of Polygamy, Newell G. Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster have assembled seventeen original essays that explore the fascinating history of plural marriage among fundamentalist Mormons—an enduring practice of The Principle. Fundamentalist Mormon polygamy emerged from LDS Church President Wilford Woodruff’s 1890 Manifesto, which ostensibly rescinded the practice of plural marriage among Mormons. This volume explores Mormon fundamentalism from several perspectives. Among the topics considered is the history of mainstream Latter-day Saint polygamy in Mexico, John Taylor’s controversial 1886 revelation implying the irrevocability of polygamy, and the rise of fundamentalist Mormon polygamy in the early twentieth century. Other essays provide carefully crafted portraits of fundamentalist Mormon leaders such as Joseph White Musser, Rulon C. Allred, Rulon T. Jeffs, and Warren S. Jeffs. Also discussed is the 1980s schism between the FLDS church and Centennial Park Community, the 2008 Texas raid on the FLDS YFZ Ranch, and modern media stereotyping of Mormon polygamy. Three essays provide personal perspectives on present-day polygamy: a recollection of growing up within a fundamentalist Mormon community, a reading of D&C 132 from a fundamentalist perspective, and an examination of descendants of early Mormon polygamists who embraced fundamentalism. Other areas of research include the changing style of fundamentalist clothing and hair styles, fundamentalist attitudes and practices affecting African-Americans, and the plural wives of fundamentalist Mormon leaders. The volume concludes with a bibliographical evaluation of relevant literature.
“This volume of The Persistence of Polygamy deploys seasoned historians and talented newcomers to unravel the inscrutabilities of modern day Mormon fundamentalism. Ranging from theology to personality, it provides both insider and scholarly views and will undoubtedly become to go-to volume on fundamentalist Mormonism.”
–Martha S. Bradley-Evans, coeditor of Plural Wife: The Life Story of Mabel Finlayson Allred
Newell G. Bringhurst is an independent scholar and professor emeritus at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. He is the author/editor of twelve books published since 1981. He served as president of both the Mormon History Association and the John Whitmer Historical Association.
Craig L. Foster is a research specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He has authored six books, four of these with Newell Bringhurst.
The Persistence of Polygamy: Fundamentalist Mormon Polygamy from 1890 to the Present, ed. by Newell G. Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster. John Whitmer Books, 2015. 631pp. Paperback–$44.95/Hardback–$59.95
Other volumes in the series:
The Persistence of Polygamy: Joseph Smith and the Origins of Mormon Polygamy. John Whitmer Books, 2010. Paperback–$24.95/Hardback–$39.95
The Persistence of Polygamy: From Joseph Smith’s Martyrdom to the First Manifesto, 1844-1890. John Whitmer Books, 2014. Hardback. $39.95
Other Newell G. Bringhurst titles available:
Excavating Mormon Pasts: The New Historiography of the Last Half Century. Greg Kofford Books, 2012. Paperback. $31.95
Fawn McKay Brodie: A Biographer’s Life. University of Oklahoma Press, 1999. Reg. $29.95, SALE $7.99
Scattering of the Saints: Schism within Mormonism. John Whitmer Books, 2007. Paperback. $24.95
Other Craig Foster titles available:
A Different God? Mitt Romney, the Religious Right and the Mormon Question. Greg Kofford Books, 2008. Paperback. $24.95
Penny Tracts and Polemics: A Critical Analysis of Anti-Mormon Pamphleteering in Great Britain (1837-1860). Greg Kofford Books, 2002. Hardback. Reg. $39.95, SALE $19.99
Other Bringhurst/Foster titles available:
The Mormon Quest for the Presidency: From Joseph Smith to Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. John Whitmer Books, 2011. Paperback. $24.95
Shipping: Media mail (w/ tracking): $4.50 for the first book (inquire for rates on additional books). Priority, FedEx, UPS options available—inquire for details. Utah residents: add 7.05% sales tax.