Authors to Discuss New Polygamy Book at WSU

OGDEN, Utah – The authors of the new book “Persistence of Polygamy: From Joseph Smith’s Martyrdom to the First Manifesto, 1844 to 1890” (Volume II) will speak Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Lindquist Alumni Center. The lecture, which is the first of the Weber Historical Society’s Fall 2013 Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Historians Newell Bringhurst and Craig L. Foster will present the follow-up volume to their first book, “Persistence of Polygamy: Joseph Smith and the Origins of Mormon Polygamy.” The authors will include an overview of the wives and children of early leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who practiced polygamy. Their book covers the lives of Brigham Young through Heber J Grant, the last president of the church to practice polygamy. They will also discuss how the church and its members have dealt with the legacy of polygamy.

The lecture is sponsored by the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, the Department of History, and the WSU Alumni Association.

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