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A House Full of Females

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   19.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/10/2017

A House Full of Females

Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681684574
Digital Download ISBN:9781681684581


From the author of A Midwife's Tale, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize for History, and The Age of Homespun—a revelatory, nuanced, and deeply intimate look at the world of early Mormon women whose seemingly ordinary lives belied an astonishingly revolutionary spirit, drive, and determination.

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A stunning and sure-to-be controversial book that pieces together, through more than two dozen nineteenth-century diaries, letters, albums, minute-books, and quilts left by first-generation Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, the never-before-told story of the earliest days of the women of Mormon "plural marriage," whose right to vote in the state of Utah was given to them by a Mormon-dominated legislature as an outgrowth of polygamy in 1870, fifty years ahead of the vote nationally ratified by Congress, and who became political actors in spite of, or because of, their marital arrangements. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, writing of this small group of Mormon women who've previously been seen as mere names and dates, has brilliantly reconstructed these textured, complex lives to give us a fulsome portrait of who these women were and of their "sex radicalism"—the idea that a woman should choose when and with whom to bear children.


"The abundance of original quotes is an outstanding feature . . . This volume tells the stories of a sisterhood that many readers might not be aware of, one that arguably initiated the cracks in that glass ceiling." —Library Journal Audio Review

"In the best ways, A House Full of Females remains a work of traditional 'women’s history,' a straightforward exploration of women’s lives and experiences on their own terms." —New York Times

Author Bio

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich was born in Sugar City, Idaho. She holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire, University of Utah, and Simmons College. As a MacArthur Fellow, Laurel worked on the PBS documentary based on A Midwife's Tale. She is immediate past president of the Mormon History Association.