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The series follows the Mormon faith through the lens of “The Principle of Plural Marriage” from its genesis in 1831 with its originator Joseph Smith, through the hidden history and governmental pressure, to today and contemporary practicing Fundamentalist Mormons. For the first time polygamy is dissected through a feminist viewpoint, with attention given to the experiences of the women, women who sacrificed everything and suffered long and are never mentioned in museums or landmark tours. Their experiences, along with interviews with experts, sc20140302_130747holars, historians, and those still affected directly by the practice, paint a new portrait of how the west was shaped, by the hard work and toil of these invisible women, hidden away through controversy. Through Hansen’s careful work, we see how the practice of polygamy affected every aspect of the LDS church’s formation and is still a shadow hanging over the church, visible in it’s approach to marriage, the role of women, and the temple ceremonies. Instead of the historical footnote polygamy is often treated as, Hansen shows how this practice, started in secret and a direct cause of Joseph Smith’s death, responsible for driving the saints to Utah, and then outward again to Mexico and Canada, the root of power struggles both in the church and out, the cause of suspicion and eventually violence including the Mountain Meadows Massacre, was an instigator to most of the history of American West. For the first time, The Year of Polygamy shows how the west was settled not only to claim land and mineral rights, but in a very real way to control the bodies and sexuality of women in a way that reverberates today. Find our more at

Customer Reviews

Fascinating interviews

I found this podcast after reading Irene Spencer's memoir. As someone who grew up Protestant, I had heard of Mormon polygamy but knew very little about it. I've only listened to a few of the podcasts, but they range in topics from early Mormon polygamists to people who left (or escaped) modern polygamist cults. Interesting topic, and interesting interviews. Host does a good job. And you don't have to be a Mormon to appreciate it.

Like crack

I loooved this series so much! Could.Not.Stop. Seriously devoured it. Hearing the voices of those first wives' changed my whole entire perspective on a religion I once held so dear. So many emotions and "ah ha" moments for me. It was truly fascinating the way LHP dissected polygamy to show us that it is deeply deeply woven throughout the fabric of our Mormon heritage and that we couldn't escape it even if we tried. Thank you, Lindsay, for illuminating my world. Life changed. ❤️

Valuable Research and Exploration of Polygamy

I learned so much about early Church History by listening to Lindsay so eloquently and pleasantly narrate all the research she worked so hard on! She allowed me to learn and process these tough issues, all while I was able to multitask and be productive! Roadtrips and commutes, dishes, laundry! You name it, Lindsay became my daily friend. And I gained so much insight through this podcast.

Year of Polygamy Podcast
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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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