1856 Mormon Tale
The tattered pages of an 1856 anonymously authored book titled “Female Life Among the Mormons” claim to be the personal memoirs of a New York woman who married a Mormon elder at a time when polygamy was openly practiced yet characterized by some abolitionists as the “enslavement of white women.”
In it, the author says she traveled with her husband as the Mormons were chased out of New York and Illinois, eventually settling in the Utah Territory. Throughout her journey, the author claims to have witnessed a shocking, immoral culture of violence, polygamy, sexual depravity and brainwashing.
Our contributor from Stanfordville, New York wants to know who wrote the book and if it is in fact a true account of Mormon life.
Our search to find the author takes us into a mystery that has haunted bibliographers for nearly 150 years.
- Also with Tukufu Zuberi Spanish Civil War Eulogy What can this faded document tell about a US volunteer fighting in another country’s civil war?
- Also in Season 6 Camp David Letter Could a box found in a dumpster hold information about the founding of a top-secret Presidential retreat?
- Also with Tukufu Zuberi Japanese Carved Cane What can the message on this cane expose about life behind barbed wire in World War II America?
- Related Investigation John Adams Book Was this book a gift from John Adams to his son?
- Also with Tukufu Zuberi Anti-Slavery Flag Did this old sheet found in a family trunk contribute to the end of slavery in America?
- Also in Season 6 Society Circus Program Why are some of New York's wealthiest planning a circus at the depth of the Great Depression?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.