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Wife No. 19: The Story of a Life in Bondage, Being a Complete Exposé of Mormonism, and Revealing the Sorrows, Sacrifices and Sufferings of Women in Polygamy

Wife No. 19: The Story of a Life in Bondage, Being a Complete Exposé of Mormonism, and Revealing the Sorrows, Sacrifices and Sufferings of Women in Polygamy [Kindle Edition]

Ann Eliza Young
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The true story behind David Ebershoff’s bestseller “The 19th Wife”!

At the age of 24, Ann Eliza Webb was forced into marriage with Brigham Young, her spiritual leader and the 67-year-old president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By her own count, she was his 19th wife. Less than five years later, she filed for divorce on the grounds of neglect, cruel treatment, and desertion – and shocked the tight-knit Mormon community by winning the case. Excommunicated from the church, she traveled the country, speaking out against polygamy and Mormonism, and becoming an early advocate for women’s rights in 19th century America. In this autobiography, dedicated to the Mormon Wives of Utah, she published a devastating exposé of the privation, cruelty and violence that were a constant part of their lives. Her story was an immediate best-seller, and remains a gripping read to this day. This ebook edition includes an active table of contents, reflowable text, and 150 illustrations of the people, places and events in Ann Eliza Young’s life.

Table of Contents:
 • I. The Days Of My Childhood. – Why I Ever Was A Mormon.
 • II. Founding The New Religion. – Assassination Of Joseph Smith.
 • III. The “Revelation On Celestial Marriage.” – Trouble Among The Saints.
 • IV. After Joseph’s Death. – Brigham Young Elected Prophet.
 • V. My Father’s Plural Wife. – Childhood In Polygamy.
 • VI. Forsaking Dear Zion. – We Find A New Home In The Far West.
 • VII. Our Welcome To “Zion.” – Utah In Early Days.
 • VIII. Troubles Under The New System.
 • IX. The Hardships And Perils Of Life In A New Country.
 • X. The Utah “Reformation.” – “A Reign Of Terror.” – The Blood-Atonement Preached.
 • XI. “Divine Emigration.” – The Prophet And The Handcart Scheme.
 • XII. Brigham’s Hand-Cart Scheme, Continued. – Failure Of The “Divine Plan.”
 • XIII. The Mountain Meadows’ Massacre. – “Vengeance Is Mine: I Will Repay.”
 • XIV. Betrayed And Murdered. – Trial Of John D. Lee.
 • XV. The Blood-Atonement. – The Destroying Angels. – Danites And Their Deeds.
 • XVI. Frightful Deeds Of Blood. – Mormonism In Its True Light.
 • XVII. Troubles In Our Own Family. – Louise Comes Upon The Scene.
 • XVIII. Increase Of Polygamy. – Mixed-Up Condition Of Matrimonial Affairs.
 • XIX. The Mysteries Of Polygamy. – What The Wives Could Tell.
 • XX. Brigham Builds Wagons By “Inspiration.” – The Church Sets Up A Whiskey-Store.
 • XXI. Going Through The “Endowment-House.” – I Take The Mysterious Baths.
 • XXII. We Carry On The Endowment Drama. – I Am Fully Initiated.
 • XXIII. The Prophet Makes Love To Me. – I Have Other Views.
 • XXIV. My First Marriage. – A Life’s Mistake.
 • XXV. Early Married Life. – My Husband And My Mother.
 • XXVI. After My Divorce. – Affairs At Home.
 • XXVII. A Walk With The Prophet. – He Makes Love To Me.
 • XXVIII. How Brigham Young Forced Me To Marry Him.
 • XXIX. My Marriage With Brigham Young. – How The Other Wives Received Me.
 • XXX. The Prophet’s Family Circle. – His Wives And Children.
 • XXXI. The Wives Of The Prophet. – Brother Brigham’s Domestic Troubles.
 • XXXII. The Prophet’s Favorite Wife. – How He Conducted His Love Affairs.
 • XXXIII. The Dead Wives Of The Prophet. – He Never Was Known To Shed A Tear.
 • XXXIV. The Prophet At Home. – How He Looks, Lives, And Acts. – Mormon Philanthropy And Education.
 • XXXV. Brigham As A Farmer. – My New House. - Taking Boarders.
 • XXXVI. Breaking The Yoke. – I Leave My Home.
 • XXXVII. The Divorce Suit. – Proceedings In Court. – Brigham’s Affidavit.
 • XXXVIII. My Escape From Salt Lake City. – My Public Career.
 • XXXIX. Church Government. – Mormon Apostles. – The Order Of Enoch.
 • XL. The Condition Of Mormon Women. – High And Low Life In Polygamy.
 • XLI. My Return To Utah. – Secret Of Brigham’s Power. – Utah’s Future.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 628 pages
  • Publisher: Tales End Press (4 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wife no. 19 11 April 2010
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This is a non-fictional book on 19th century polygamy in Utah.
I think everyone interested in Mormon polygamy should read this book, because the author made an effort to defend her position despite everybody's opposition, including her beloved mum's.
This book is really touching and it broke my heart to see how sad her childhood in a polygamous family was.
When I read that Heber Kimnball, one of the 12 LDS apostles at that time, compared taking a wife with buying a cow, I thought the author went too far; surprisingly, Kimball's version in Mormon literature (Journal of Discourses vol. 4 page 209 and vol.5 page 22) claims exactly the same, so we can trust that Ann Eliza's book is reliable.
It is interesting to know that Mormon and anti-Mormon literature, which often present different accounts on the same matter, agree about polygamy and the condition of women.
According to Mormon sources (Journal of Discourses vol. 17 page 159) women, who don't have men's same privileges in this life or in the next, had to submit cheerfully to their husbands' desires to take additional wives, otherwise they would be destroyed.
In view of this, I strongly believe that this book is perfectly matched with Mormon beliefs and can help not only to reflect about how it is to live a life in bondage, but also to understand to current Mormon mindset.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 28 April 2014
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I read excerpts from this work in college, and the heart wrenching tale of a young woman trapped in an arranged marriage has stuck with me ever since. I was pleased to come across this full edition of her writing. Her words come straight from the heart, and her writing is top-notch. Truly, this is an inspiring story that speaks to us as much today as it did at the time of its writing.

With the popularity of reality shows that glorify polygamy (the names of which are not worth mentioning), this book presents an honest view of such an arrangement-not a stylized, hollywood view. Here is a frank and honest look at polygamy, as one woman experienced it, during the founding of the Mormon church.

If any of you are on the fence about this book, please realize that it does not turn into a hate fest. Ms. Young's writing is sympathetic to the wives who have endured the abuse she has suffered, and she is only writing things from her own point of view. She makes that clear from the start, and the reader is free to come to their own conclusions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and Disturbing 8 April 2014
By Jonny
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An incredible look at how Mormon women were enslaved by their Mormon husbands or masters in 19th Century America. I had no idea Mormon houses were essentially harems. But this makes sense if they were into polygamy. A lot of this is hard to believe but it was written by one of Brigham Young’s wives so it must be true. I recommend this book to anyone interested in religion and especially Mormons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't expecting that! 23 April 2014
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This is a remarkable book, and really opened my eyes. Born in blood, in the brutality of the civilising of America, the Mormon 'church' appears to have been a cross between the Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy. Cults, and 'new religions' such as this could only have flourished as a result of the fear and repression of the late 19th Century, and based on this engrossing story, it is only to be hoped that the modern mormon organisation has cast off the horrors of polygamy, which is really just the same as slavery. A fascinating insight into recent history, and a triumph of the human spirit and the strength it must have taken to break away and challenge the oppression of the order back then. A great read, even for the neutrals!
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4.0 out of 5 stars read it 8 Sep 2014
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Ann Eliza Young was the 55th wife of Brigham Young, a Mormon elder. 'Wife No. 19' exposes Mormon polygamy, which was practised between 1852 and 1890 by between 20% to 30% of Mormon families.

Polygamy was terminated by the Mormons in 1890, but finally banned in 1904 by the threat of excommunication, though not for any existing polygamous families. The formal justification for polygamy was the 'word of God'.

Young's book reveals some startling evidence of 19th century corrupt practices by elders of the Mormon church, not only in polygamy but in robbery, murder, avarice and confiscation of property.

The evidence is well-expressed. The book goes into remarkable detail - so much so that I wondered how Young could accurately recall actual conversations.

Polygamy was particularly demeaning to the women: husbands apparently went along with somewhat less stress.

Read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Insight Into A Bizarre World 8 April 2014
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This autobiography of Brigham Young’s 19th wife is a riveting look at Mormons. It’s a very readable story with a strikingly modern style. I couldn’t put it down. Important for its insight into early feminism, polygamy, American history and the Church of Latter Day Saints. Strong recommendation. I loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story 25 Oct 2013
By Bess
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I found this book very interesting and informative giving an excellent insight into the beginnings of the Mormon faith and the plight of the women in the early days.
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