Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk

Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk

Growing up in Polygamy

Book - 2003
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So begins this astonishing memoir of life in the family of Utah fundamentalist leader and naturopathic physician Rulon C. Allred. Since polygamy was abolished by manifesto in 1890, this is a story of secrecy and lies, of poverty and imprisonment and government raids. When raids threatened, the families were forced to scatter from their pastoral compound in Salt Lake City to the deserts of Mexico or the wilds of Montana. To follow the Lord's plan as dictated by the Principle, the human cost was huge. Eventually murder in its cruelest form entered when members of a rival fundamentalist group assassinated the author's father.

Dorothy Solomon, monogamous herself, broke from the fundamentalist group because she yearned for equality and could not reconcile the laws of God (as practiced by polygamists) with the vastly different laws of the state. This poignant account chronicles her brave quest for personal identity.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton, 2003.
ISBN: 9780393049466
0393049469
Characteristics: 399 pages

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JackPurcell
Mar 23, 2015

A single wife having multiple husbands would be more appropriate to modern times. So many men bringing incomes into the household, so many skills, and so many occasions for a woman to get more attention than any single individual man could provide. So many roses and boxes of chocolates!

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