Sister-wives and Suffragists: Polygamy and the Politics of Woman Suffrage 1870-1896

Lola Van Wagenen

Published by BYU Studies, 2003
ISBN 10: 0842525254 / ISBN 13: 9780842525251
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Synopsis: Beginning in 1870, Utah women from both polygamist and monogamist marriages attempted to establish their primacy as the standard-bearer of woman's rights in the territory. Some sought support from leaders within the territory while others looked to those in the national arena. Ultimately, the activities of Mormon women helped to secure woman suffrage for Utah in 1870. Many historians have overlooked the role of Mormon women in securing woman suffrage. Because Mormon women neither publicly drafted petitions nor held public demonstrations to seek the vote, many historians have concluded that they were not politically active until after they were enfranchised and then only in response to attempts to disfranchise them. However, the reaction of Mormon women to their enfranchisement and their readiness to assume an active political role in their communities suggest a different conclusion: that they were politicized prior to enfranchisement and their activities contributed to their own enfranchisement. Nineteenth-century woman suffragists in Utah left a legacy of activism, commitment and achievement.

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Title: Sister-wives and Suffragists: Polygamy and ...
Publisher: BYU Studies
Publication Date: 2003
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