Post-manifesto polygamy: the 1899-1904 correspondence of Helen, Owen, and Avery Woodruff
These letters among two women and their husband offer a rare look into the personal dynamics of an LDS polygamous relationship. Abraham Owen Woodruff was a young polygamous Mormon apostle, and the son of LDS President Wilford Woodruff, who is remembered for the Woodruff Manifesto, a divinely-inspired call for the termination of plural marriage. The Woodruff Manifesto eased a systematic federal judicial assault on Mormons and made Utah statehood possible. It did not end polygamy in the church. Some leaders continued to encourage and perform such marriages. Owen Woodruff, himself married to Helen ...
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