By Cardell K. Jacobson, Lara Burton
Few humans notice that polygamy maintains to exist within the usa. hence, world-wide recognition fascinated by the kingdom of Texas in 2008 as brokers surrounded the compound of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) and took custody of greater than four hundred teenagers. numerous individuals of this schismatic non secular team, whose ladies embellished themselves in "prairie dresses," admitted to training polygamy. The country justified the raid on fees that underage marriage was once being compelled on younger women. A yr later, notwithstanding, all yet one of many teenagers have been lower back to their mom and dad and simply ten males have been charged with crimes, a few slightly on the topic of the unique fees. This e-book finds the historical past, tradition, and infrequently an insider's examine the polygamous teams positioned essentially within the western elements of the U.S.. The participants to this quantity are historians, anthropologists, and sociologists acquainted with a few of the teams. A felony pupil additionally addresses the legality of the Texas raid and a geneticist examines the paternity matters. jointly, those authors offer a miles wanted knowing of the unusually huge variety of teams and people who reside a quiet polygamous way of life within the usa.
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Such generalizations were based on limited information or appearances. “None of them drink, smoke, or do drugs. They rise at 4:30 each morning and the men go out to do hard physical labor—construction work or farming,” one reporter noted in a description that could be true of farm families everywhere. He adds: They rarely work outside the community. The women sew, garden, cook, keep house, and tend the dozens of children in each a repeat of history 25 polygamous family unit. ”81 These images were suggestive of religious extremism rather than rural realities for some outsider observers, who found the nineteenth-century dress and gender roles disturbing, rather than indicative of sincerely held belief.
People were determined to “keep sweet” even if it killed them. There was no arguing or questioning. 76 According to attorney and historian Ken Driggs, “When Jeffs gained power, he appeared to prefer seclusion to involvement. ”77 The human dimension of spiritual leadership, in this case, led to abuses of ecclesiastical power and inﬂuence. In this view, Jeffs was ﬁrst of all a man, and like all men, prophets or not, he was subject to human emotion, including pride or greed and sexual behavior beyond accepted norms, and he sometimes let this get in the way of moral leadership.
7 This wasn’t the ﬁrst time that the government had raided the fundamentalist Mormons. Earlier raids in 1935 and in 1944 resulted in prison terms and a disruption of community life. In each case, the government perceived the practice of polygamy as a real threat to the moral ﬁber of the American people. As would be true for the 2008 raid on the FLDS compound at Eldorado, Texas, the a repeat of history 7 government felt justiﬁed to crusade for the protection of women and children impacted by polygamy by raiding the entire community and disrupting this unique way of life (see chapter 12 in this volume for a discussion of the legal issues in the Texas raid).
Modern Polygamy in the United States: Historical, Cultural, and Legal Issues by Cardell K. Jacobson, Lara Burton