Plural Wife

Plural Wife

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Mabel Finlayson Allred was a wife of Rulon Allred, leader of the Apostolic United Brethren, one of the major groups of fundamentalist Mormons who, since about the 1930s, have practiced plural marriage as separatists from the mainstream Latter-day Saints Church. Mabela€™s autobiography maintains a mood of everyday normalcy strikingly in contrast with the stress of the ostracized life she was living. Her cheerful tone, expressive of her wish to live simply and gracefully in this world, is tempered by more somber descriptions of her personal struggle with clinical depression, of Rulon Allreda€™s inner struggles, of tensions with the law and with Allreda€™s fundamentalist colleagues, and ultimately by her forthright account of his assassination. Emerging from this unique narrative is the portrait of a woman buoyed by faith in both her religion and her husband, a window into the interior life of a woman seeking a resilient simplicity in an uncommonly challenging life. Plural Wife, conntextualized by Martha Bradleya€™s introduction, gives us insight into Mabela€™s experience of history during an important period of the 20th century and advances our understanding of life ways of 20th century polygamy and the growth of the fundamentalist movement.We needed a home with six bedrooms, since there were six wives who each needed her own bedroom. After searching in different parts of ... An apple orchard graced the grounds to the left of the front yard. A swingset was soon installed byanbsp;...

Title:Plural Wife
Author:Mabel Finlayson Allred, Martha Bradley-Evans
Publisher:University Press of Colorado - 2012-05-17


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