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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to the 1880s
|Ann Eliza Young to the chairman of an anit-Mormonism meeting
|23 January 1882
|Young, Ann Eliza (b. 1844)
|Written to the chairman of an anti-Mormonism meeting to be held in Farwell Hall, Chicago. The former wife of Brigham Young denounces Mormonism as a "Political, social and religious monstrosity." Young left Mormonism eight years earlier and welcomes the public sentiment against it. She criticizes the Mormon hierarchy and the bigotry of Mormon men toward the women of Utah. She decries polygamy and its effects on women, and believes that if given the chance, Mormon women will rebel against the system that they have been innocently born into. The meeting Young refers to occurred on 22 February 1882. Its purpose was to urge the suppression of polygamy while the Edmunds Bill was pending in the House of Representatives.
|Mormons Woman Author Children and Family Marriage Sexuality Religion Government and Civics Women's History
|Young, Ann Eliza (b. 1844) Young, Brigham (1801-1877,
|Religion; Westward Expansion; Women in American History
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
|Notes: With a contemporary broadside advertising books on Mormonism.
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945