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The Resource The Mormon question : polygamy and constitutional conflict in nineteenth-century America, Sarah Barringer Gordon

The Mormon question : polygamy and constitutional conflict in nineteenth-century America, Sarah Barringer Gordon

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The Mormon question : polygamy and constitutional conflict in nineteenth-century America
Title
The Mormon question
Title remainder
polygamy and constitutional conflict in nineteenth-century America
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Barringer Gordon
Title variation
Polygamy and constitutional conflict in nineteenth-century America
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The conflict over polygamy became the preoccupation of novelists, journalists, political cartoonists, and newspaper editors, clerics, lecturers, lobbyists, woman's rights activists, political theorists, missionaries, state and national politicians, criminal defendants and their families, constitutional and criminal defense lawyers, federal and territorial officials, presidents, and Supreme Court justices. This book is about their efforts to explain why the practice of polygamy in the Mormon territory (eventually state) of Utah and surrounding jurisdictions created a constitutional conflict over the meaning and scope of liberty and democracy in the United States. Vast quantities of ink and paper were invested in the project, and yield rich rewards. The 'Mormon Question, ' as many nineteenth-century Americans called it, posed fundamental questions about religion, marriage, and constitutional law. The national Constitution must not shield such immorality, those who opposed polygamy (antipolygamists) argued, or liberty would be fatally compromised. There must be a relationship between the structures of government created by the Constitution and the structures of Christian morality that made civilized life possible. The doubt that swirled about the moral nature of the Constitution, however, meant that such claims were always tinged by uncertainty. Real and significant differences about the core of sovereign authority in America propelled defenders of monogamy into untested constitutional theories, as they struggled to articulate how the national government could assume authority over marriage and faith in Utah. Most important, such arguments met with fierce resistance from Mormons"--Introduction, pages 1/4 (illustrations intervening)
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digitized
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N$T
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1955-
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Gordon, Sarah Barringer
Dewey number
342.73/0852
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
KF4783
LC item number
.G67 2002eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Studies in legal history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Freedom of religion
  • Church and state
  • Mormons
  • Polygamy
  • Mormonen
  • LAW
  • LAW
  • Mormons
  • Church and state
  • Freedom of religion
  • Polygamy
  • United States
  • Utah
  • Verfassungsstreitigkeit
  • USA
  • Law - U.S
  • Law, Politics & Government
  • Constitutional Law - U.S
Label
The Mormon question : polygamy and constitutional conflict in nineteenth-century America, Sarah Barringer Gordon
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-321) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Faith and the contested Constitution -- Part one. The laws of God and the laws of man. The power of the word(s). The twin relic of barbarism. The logic of resistance -- Part two. Days of judgment. Law and patriarchy at the Supreme Court. The erosion of sympathy. The marital economy -- Epilogue: The (un)faithful Constitution
Control code
51831976
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 337 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780807875261
Lccn
2001041472
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)51831976
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The Mormon question : polygamy and constitutional conflict in nineteenth-century America, Sarah Barringer Gordon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-321) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Faith and the contested Constitution -- Part one. The laws of God and the laws of man. The power of the word(s). The twin relic of barbarism. The logic of resistance -- Part two. Days of judgment. Law and patriarchy at the Supreme Court. The erosion of sympathy. The marital economy -- Epilogue: The (un)faithful Constitution
Control code
51831976
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 337 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780807875261
Lccn
2001041472
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)51831976
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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