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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 (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Eliza Young
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"Written in a fresh style that truly shows one how one can fall victim to twisted reasoning. Clear and revealing. One can read this work and clearly understand how following a message that originated from a human standpoint can destroy or very nearly destroy a life. Recommended very highly."


"I think no more of taking a wife than I do of buying a cow."

In 1863 24-year old Ann Eliza became the 19th wife of the 67-year old head of the Mormon Church Brigham Young. Ten years later, in a landmark case that would rock the nation and lead to the rewriting of laws, Ann divorced her powerful husband alleging neglect and cruel treatment.

In 1876 Ann Eliza published an autobiography entitled Wife No. 19. In it she wrote that she had "a desire to impress upon the world what Mormonism really is; to show the pitiable condition of its women, held in a system of bondage that is more cruel than African slavery ever was, since it claims to hold body and soul alike.”

Researchers believe Ann Eliza was in fact Brigham Young’s 52nd wife. Her blistering expose is a harrowing document revealing how Brigham Young and other Mormon men lived in households that were essentially harems, using their religion to justify what amounted to sexual slavery. Mormon men were said to be “building their kingdoms” while their wives were forced to share their love and suffer in silence at the degradation.

Upon commencement of her divorce proceedings, Ann Eliza was excommunicated from the LDS Church. The divorce was granted in January 1875 and Brigham Young was ordered to pay a $500 per month allowance and $3000 in court fees. When Young initially refused, he was found in contempt of court and sentenced to a day in jail and a $25 fine. The alimony award was later set aside on the grounds that a polygamous marriage was legally invalid, potentially indicting them both for unlawful cohabitation.

Ann Eliza Young subsequently traveled the United States and spoke out against polygamy, Mormonism, and Brigham Young himself. She testified before the U.S. Congress in 1875; these remarks were credited, by some to have contributed to a passage of the Poland Act (1874) that reorganized the judicial system of Utah Territory and made it easier for the Federal Government to prosecute polygamists.

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"If you are interested in how Mormonism started, how their beliefs and practices developed, and how they settled Utah, this is a terrific read - a piece of nonfiction that reads like a historical novel!"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2508 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497510090
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Enhanced Media (10 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ILV8XV8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 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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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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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 polygamy in Mormon society 8 Sept. 2014
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Not a pretty story. Ann Eliza Young was one of the many wives 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 recall actual conversations so accurately.

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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By AlexM
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One of those books which makes you wish you knew more about the main subject matter. As it is, the book provides a compelling, and often very disturbing, insight into the early days of the Mormon church interwoven with a classic murder mystery. Double timescale but well structured so you never lose your way. An excellent read.
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This is a fascinating account of polygamy in the early mormon church·Anne Eliza,Young was one of the many wives of Brigham Young one of the churches early founders. Read more
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