Marriage and Redemption : Mormon Polygamy in the Congressional Imagination, 1862-1887
Virginia Law Review
University of Virginia
Focusing on Congressional sources, this paper provides a new timeline of federal anti-polygamy legislation. Phipps attempts to prove that Congressional legislative efforts were in fact more sporadic than previously believed. She states that Chinese exclusionism was the push closest in time that marks the first enforceable anti-polygamy laws. She compares Southern slavery and polygamy legislation in the antebellum period and posits that white cultural nationalism was influential in passing legislation in the 1880s.