Twentieth Century Polygamy and Fundamentalist Mormons in Southern Utah
Honoring Juanita Brooks : A Compilation of 30 Annual Presentations from the Juanita Brooks Lecture Series, 1984-2014
St. George, UT
Dixie State University
The Manifesto of 1890 did not bring an end to LDS Church-approved plural marriages. It did begin almost a generation of confusion, ambiguity and equivocation in the Mormon community in spite of official Church denial. After two generations of bitter struggle and the continued existence of thousands of plural families, one could hardly expect polygamy to melt away...
In 1918 you see the first determined efforts to purge the Church of diehards who continued to advocate religiously-based plural marriage. Among the early excommunications were those of John W. Woolley, his son Lorin C. Woolley, Israel Barlow Jr., his son John Yates Barlow, Joseph W. Musser, and others who would later become significant figures in fundamentalism. [From the text]