"Well-behaved women seldom make history"- Laurel Thatcher UlrichMy wife and I named our only daughter Emmeline after Emmeline B. Wells, the 5th president of the Mormon Church's relief society. The reason we felt strongly about using that name was Emmeline B. Wells was both a strong Mormon, a writer, and an early feminist and suffragette. She advocated for a woman's right to vote and edited the Women's Exponent in 1872. She was also the 7th wife of Daniel H. Wells, a Mormon apostle and later mayo [...]
At last. A book on Mormon history that not only includes women, but focuses on women, treating them as complete subjects who led rich and varied lives full of loss, pain, and stalwart faith. I especially loved reading about the many accounts of women administering healing blessings to their fellow sisters. And how sick I felt reading about how Eliza R Snow's forgotten diary would have burned if someone had not pulled it from the burn box because it looked interesting. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich does [...]
This is the kind of historical project I would dream of taking on: studying a large collection of journals of every-day people and weaving them together to tell a story about life in a certain society. I loved learning what Ulrich skillfully pieced together. Utah's pioneer women were criticized and pitied for being victims of polygamy with its apparent patriarchal sublimation, but in truth they were some of the most independent and powerful women of their era. Yes, they did bow in obedience to t [...]
This book is about much more than polygamy and women's rights, although you'll learn much about those things here. A House Full of Females is a compulsively readable cultural history of the first forty years of the Latter-day Saint experience told from the ground up. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich expertly weaves together scraps from diaries, letters, and other day-to-day records created in ink, cloth, memory, and other materials—all of which are used to examine the development of Mormon theology and [...]
Others can do a better job evaluating Ulrich's arguments, but I'll say that her book is invaluable in its reconstruction of Mormon women's lives between 1835 and 1870. What engaged me most was the staggering variety of these women's experiences and their adaptations to the vicissitudes of life, including remarriage, housework, and social organizations.
I loved this less than I wanted to, but it was still an impressive and much needed work of history. A decent amount of scholarship has been done about the intersection between polygamy and women's rights between the late 1860s and the 1890s (a FASCINATING time in Mormon women's history), but there hasn't been much written about the lead-up to those years. Ulrich's work fills that gap. Unreasonably, I was a little disappointed that A House Full of Females didn't cover 1870 on, since it would be w [...]
I really appreciated this book. It was a deep social history which I haven't really read before, so it took me some time to get through. It was refreshing to read an early history of the women of the LDS church written by a historian who attempted to deliver unbiased facts the best she could. It was heartbreaking to realize what depth of struggle these women experienced. Growing up I heard the stories of physical hardship and sacrifice, but its sad to realize that there is a whole part of emotio [...]
The most impressive part of this large book was the meticulous research and general gathering of artifacts- diaries, poems, letters, quilts, and daguerrotypes, that was required to produce such a detailed look into polygamy and early feminism within the Mormon church. I had the opportunity to attend a lecture and reading with Laurel and her enthusiasm and no-nonsense responses to difficult questions ("Do you really believe Joseph Smith saw Jesus Christ?") definitely influenced how much I enjoyed [...]
This is primarily a narrative history of a central group of Mormons in the mid-19th century. It traces their trials and triumphs from joining the faith, creating communities in the Midwest, the migration westward, and settling in the Utah territory. It also provides travels across the world as some of the main characters set off on missions to England and Hong Kong, among other places. Ulrich's "in" to the narrative is the lives and roles of women in these formative years of mormonism and mormon [...]
Man, this was so impressive. I'm amazed by the sources and stories Ulrich found to pull from, given the difficulty of preserving and finding records/letters/diaries kept by average women. She does such a great job of helping us see what life was like for these pioneer women and how much they sacrificed and accomplished, often on their own (with husbands away on missions or spread between plural families). One thing that stood out to me was how often families lost babies and children to illness a [...]
I was a little disappointed in this book. I so admired Ulrich's A Midwife's Tale and looked forward to reading this one especially after watching an interview with her about it but have to disagree with her position about Mormon women's independence during the early years of the church. I think she is somewhat biased as a lifelong Mormon. While it is true that women throughout the country had little autonomy, the only reason Mormon women were able to have some leadership was because their husban [...]
A House Full of Females is a history exploring Mormon polygamy as it unfolded, written by one of our country's foremost historians. Laurel based the book on journals and letters of women (and some men), writings that were recorded as the marriage system developed, with the intent to understand people's true and immediate reactions to it. As a modern Mormon woman confronting a history of polygamy (as we all must), I am so glad Laurel wrote this book and glad I read it. It's uncomfortable history, [...]
I thoroughly enjoyed this history. I love the author’s voice and I love the incredible research that was put into this book. I always love when I can accurately see a different time period through an author’s words. Although it felt a little choppy in parts, the research was exhaustive and so welcome. I’ve always felt annoyed at the dominant narrative of the Church regarding polygamy & this book helped clarify the truth of what went on in the mid-1800s, how the women on both sides of p [...]
I learned to love history books as a kid when I read historical fiction and wanted to know what was 'true' in those books. I've always been fascinated to hear stories of how people lived and this book is made up of women's stories from the beginning of the LDS church. I knew a little bit of the story from historical novels (dating back to one I still remember from 7th grade by Annabel & Edgar Johnston!). We are lucky that the journals of some of the women and men who lived through these time [...]
This is a little hard to review, probably because I love Thatcher-Ulrich so much. It honestly wasn't quite as interesting as I hoped it would be. It seemed like a lot of the same thing over and over again. It was extremely thorough and very much a historian-written book, not in any way a faith-based book. I know a lot about Mormon history and there was a lot here I didn't know. I enjoyed the insights into prominent Mormon leaders. I felt like you could really see them as humans struggling with n [...]
I will never think about polygamy and the Mormon Church the same way. Hearing it from the voices of women who experienced it was was remarkable. Their stories told from journals and letters gave a sense of immediacy and heft to their accounts. I hope the history continues. I think historians will have a better sense of this book's import because it assumed knowledge of the church's historical framing that many times went beyond mine and I would have liked a better contextualization of how these [...]
I always love reading history, but I haven't really delved into much of Mormon history because most of the time I'm too busy reading YA or WWII books. As I read this book, I fell in love with all the messiness of my faith. I felt comforted by the history that women and Mormonism have always had complicated feelings--what I've been feeling the past 15 years isn't anything new. I felt inspired by what the women of the 19th century diduly awestruck, if I'm being honest. I don't know that I would've [...]
This was an interesting read. Yes, it read like a history book, but I thought the author did a great job writing what occurred in the early history of the church without bias or sugar coating it. I learned some things, made some connections and had insights into some aspects of early church history that, at times, made me a little uncomfortable, but I'm Ok with that. I came away with a renewed reverence for those women! I admire their strength. I like a book that gets better and better the furth [...]
Ulrich uses diary entries, letters, and other primary sources to relate the history of polygamy and its reception amongst Mormon women, beginning with its practice by Joseph Smith and continued practice after his death. Some interesting points:1) There were few babies born from second, third, etc. wives until Brigham Young became president of the church.2) There were several divorces when women found that they desired more emotional attachment from their spouses. 3) Some first wives were okay wi [...]
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (the speaker of the often quoted "well-behaved women seldom make history") is an intellectual hero of mine. Her work is so well done, and I can't say enough about how great this book is. I'm a lifelong Mormon and us Mormons also think polygamy is weird and gross and confusing. I knew that Mormon women were BIG-TIME suffragettes and got the right to vote in UT before the rest of the country and had many women in government and positions of power. So I've often felt confused [...]
A remarkable and well-written history based on contemporary diaries, memoirs, letters, and writings by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. All I can say about this controversial subject is--it's complicated. Take a group of women--for the most part intelligent, educated, courageous, pious, extremely capable, resourceful, and charitable; read about their full-throated support and participation in the women's rights/suffrage movement coming out of Seneca Falls, NY; read about them l [...]
This is a very scholarly work minutely detailing the lives of some of the Mormons who, due to religious persecution, left the eastern United States for Utah. After 387 pages of reading I am left with no clear idea of why people found Mormonism so appealing, leaving home family, friends and sometimes non-Mormon husbands behind. Also it was never made clear what Mormon women derived from plural marriage or, in view of the fact that Mormon women did not greatly outnumber Mormon men, what happened t [...]
An exceptional history of early Mormonism with a special focus on women. The diverse sources and diaries, like the patchwork quilt mentioned in the introduction, make this book truly a treasure and a remarkable guide into the (radical) early Mormon Church. Beautiful writing!
I liked this book for what it was, however, I think it suffered a LOT from relying only on contemporary diary sources to tell its story, rather than allowing people's later personal histories and records to also inform the views. Still, I learned a lot!
This is one I marked up like crazy with happy faces, frowny faces, angry scribbled notes, you name it! It is very comprehensive for the time period. I read a lot of Mormon history but I didn't know too much about those early years in Utah. I particularly enjoyed the stories of women in San Bernardino, CA and how they managed polygamy there as well. (Hint: Not so well.) A lot of the stories are from letters between men and women as the men served missions abroad. (I never knew LDS missionaries we [...]
A social history of the plural marriage era This is a first class social history of plural marriage. Mostly gives the female perspective, which is needed to balance the past preponderance of publication by male historians. I found the book believable and fairly reflective of those whose diaries were the basis for the book. The treatment of divorce rings true based on my own family history and is the most unique contribution of the book to understanding how plural marriage really worked.
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