The series follows the Mormon faith through the lens of “The Principle of Plural Marriage” from its genesis in 1831 with its originator Joseph Smith, through the hidden history and governmental pressure, to today and contemporary practicing Fundamentalist Mormons.
For the first time polygamy is dissected through a feminist viewpoint, with attention given to the experiences of the women, women who sacrificed everything and suffered long and are never mentioned in museums or landmark tours. Their experiences, along with interviews with experts, sc20140302_130747holars, historians, and those still affected directly by the practice, paint a new portrait of how the west was shaped, by the hard work and toil of these invisible women, hidden away through controversy.
Through Hansen’s careful work, we see how the practice of polygamy affected every aspect of the LDS church’s formation and is still a shadow hanging over the church, visible in it’s approach to marriage, the role of women, and the temple ceremonies. Instead of the historical footnote polygamy is often treated as, Hansen shows how this practice, started in secret and a direct cause of Joseph Smith’s death, responsible for driving the saints to Utah, and then outward again to Mexico and Canada, the root of power struggles both in the church and out, the cause of suspicion and eventually violence including the Mountain Meadows Massacre, was an instigator to most of the history of American West. For the first time, The Year of Polygamy shows how the west was settled not only to claim land and mineral rights, but in a very real way to control the bodies and sexuality of women in a way that reverberates today. Find our more at YearofPolygamy.com
Episode 187: The 19th Wife
Ann Eliza Webb Dee Young Denning was married for a time to Brigham Young. After a tumultuous experience with Mormonism, she left the territory and wrote an expose titled, “Wife No. 19, or The Story of a Life in Bondage,” about her experiences. Join Lindsay and Bryan Buchanan as they discuss the expose and Ann’s life.
Episode 186: Cults vs. Religions with Rachel Bernstein
Join Lindsay as she interviews cult expert and therapist Rachel Bernstein, who was recently featured on the new Starz documentary, Seduced.
Links mentioned in this podcast:
* Rachel’s website* IndoctriNATION podcast
Episode 185: Special Halloween Episode: St. Peter Bind Them Parchment
Lindsay interviews Mormon historian Clair Barrus about the mystical parchments that the Smith family owned. He explains the symbols and the magical meanings behind them.
Episode 184: The Winder Family
Join Lindsay as she interviews a plural family about their faith, their experiences on the reality TV show, Seeking Sister Wife and what it’s like to live polygamy in the modern day.
Episode 183: Talking With God, Part Three
Join Lindsay as she concludes her conversation with Aaron Sullivan, a successful computer engineer and Mormon man who once heard voices and talked to God.
Listen to part one here.
Listen to part two here.
Episode 183: Talking With God, Part two
Join Lindsay as she continues to talk with Aaron Sullivan about his experience seeing angels, talking to God, and having visions. This is part two of one. Listen to part one here.