“Others, including myself, have never adequately explained the emergence of polygamy ideologically. Smith does so brilliantly, meticulously tracing the factors that overcame resistance to the doctrine among the LDS faithful. She made it possible for me to understand my own ancestors’ rationale in adopting a way of life that so offended their Victorian sensibilities.” —Janet Bennion, author of Polygamy in Primetime
"Smith's book is compelling and lucid...it is the first book to explicitly examine why Mormon men and women were willing to enter into polygamy and the mechanisms that were used to compel them to do so."
--Amanda Hendrix-Komoto, Montana: The Magazine of Western History
About the Author
Merina Smith graduated from the University of Colorado, raised five children, then returned to graduate school, earning a PhD from the University of California at San Diego in 2011. She currently researches and writes as an independent historian. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband, legal scholar Steven Smith.