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From the Mormon Church's public announcement of its sanction of polygamy in 1852 until its formal decision to abandon the practice in 1890, people on both sides of the "Mormon question" debated central questions of constitutional law. Did principles of religious freedom and local self-government protect Mormons' claim to a distinct, religiously based legal order? Or was polygamy, as its opponents claimed, a new form of slavery--this time for white women in Utah? And did constitutional principles dictate that democracy and true liberty were founded on separation of church and state?

As Sarah Barringer Gordon shows, the answers to these questions finally yielded an apparent victory for antipolygamists in the late nineteenth century, but only after decades of argument, litigation, and open conflict. Victory came at a price; as attention and national resources poured into Utah in the late 1870s and 1880s, antipolygamists turned more and more to coercion and punishment in the name of freedom. They also left a legacy in constitutional law and political theory that still governs our treatment of religious life: Americans are free to believe, but they may well not be free to act on their beliefs.

About the Author

Sarah Barringer Gordon holds degrees in religion, law, and history. She teaches in the Law School and the History Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807849873
Author:
Gordon, Sarah Barringer
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill, NC
Subject:
Constitutional
Subject:
Church and state
Subject:
Domestic Relations - Marriage
Subject:
Freedom of religion
Subject:
Polygamy
Subject:
Christianity - Mormonism
Subject:
Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Da
Subject:
Family Law - Marriage
Subject:
Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saomts (
Subject:
Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (
Subject:
Mormonism
Subject:
Law | Constitutional Law
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Studies in Legal History (Paperback)
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.18x5.76x.85 in. 1.05 lbs.

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