Before the Manifesto: The Life Writings of Mary Lois Walker by Melissa Lambert Milewski

By Melissa Lambert Milewski

Mary Lois Walker Morris used to be a Mormon girl who challenged either American principles approximately marriage and the U.S. felony process. prior to the Manifesto presents a glimpse into her international because the polygamous spouse of a renowned Salt Lake urban businessman, in the course of a time of significant transition in Utah. This account of her existence as a convert, milliner, lively neighborhood member, mom, and spouse starts in England, the place her relatives joined the Mormon church, info her trip around the plains, and describes existence in Utah within the Eighties. Her stories have been strange as, following her first husband's deathbed request, she married his brother, as a plural spouse, within the previous testomony culture of levirate marriage.

Mary Morris's memoir frames her 1879 to 1887 diary with either reflections on past years and passages that parallel entries within the day e-book, giving readers a greater knowing of the way she retrospectively observed her lifestyles. The completely annotated diary deals the day-by-day adventure of a girl who saved a mostly self-sufficient family, had a large social community, ran her personal enterprise, wrote poetry, and used to be intellectually curious. The years of "the Raid" (federal prosecution of polygamists) led Mary and Elias Morris to conceal their marriage on "the underground," and her to perjury in courtroom in the course of Elias's trial for illegal cohabitation. The booklet ends with Mary Lois's arrival on the Salt Lake Depot after 3 years in exile in Mexico with a polygamist colony.

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