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Sarah M. S. Pearsall (Cambridge): ‘Beyond one man and one woman: Polygamy in early America’

October 20, 2014 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Polygamy has largely entered the history of what is now the United States as the “Mormon problem.”  Historians of the controversies surrounding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the nineteenth century argue that condemnations of polygamy stemmed from its perceived violations of republican principles.  Yet there have been many conflicts over plural unions in what is now the United States, many of which had little to do with Anglo-American republicanism. To understand why polygamy provoked such hostility in the nineteenth century, we need first to comprehend how and why it had been politicized and indeed racialized for several centuries before that. This paper will consider these issues, looking at the long history of plural unions and what they reveal about power, inequalities, and understandings of the past

– Dr Sarah M. S. Pearsall (Cambridge)

Chair: Dr Simon Middleton
Monday 20 October, 4:15
Jessop West Exhibition Space

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Please note: This event is on a Monday, not Tuesday as usual



October 20, 2014
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
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Jessop West, 1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7RA United Kingdom
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