Skip to comments.1856 election sowed the seeds of Utah War, Y. scholar says ['56 GoP & 'twin relics of barbarism']
Posted on 07/01/2012 4:16:28 PM PDT by Colofornian
CALGARY, ALBERTA The U.S. presidential campaign of 1856 sowed the seeds that precipitated the Utah War...
That is the premise of a paper prepared for the 47th annual Mormon History Association Conference...
Ronald W. Walker, professor emeritus of history at Brigham Young University, authored the paper...
...before the campaign ran its course, Mormon polygamy became an issue, with Republican newspapers and politicians attacking...Democrats for supporting legislation that in theory might allow the Utah Territory to favor plural marriage, Walker wrote.
The Republican Party platform thus denounced what it called "the twin relics of barbarism": the extension of slavery in the territories and Mormon plural marriage.
"It was probably inevitable that polygamy would find its way into the Republican Party's platform in 1856," Walker wrote. "Californian John Willes was given the task of writing the plank on federal authority of the territories. He decided to join slavery and polygamy together 'to make war upon polygamy,' he said, 'and at the same time strengthen the case against slavery.'"
His resolution declared: "Resolved: that the Constitution confers upon Congress sovereign power over the territories of the United States for their government and that in the exercise of this power it is both the right and the duty of Congress to prohibit in the territories those twin relics of barbarism: polygamy and slavery."
The phrase "twin relics of barbarism" became one of the most popular and famous slogans of American presidential and political history, Walker wrote.
...a rally in Indianapolis depicted Brigham Young with six wives fashionably dressed in hoop skirts "each with a little Brigham in their arms" occupying one parade wagon drawn by pioneer oxen.
Walker explained that the "twin relics" slogan threw... Democrats back on their heels...they were no longer willing to help the Latter-day Saints...
(Excerpt) Read more at deseretnews.com ...
Good this BYU history prof emeritus
-- and the official Mormon church (which owns the DesNews)
-- recognizes how much the fledgling Republican party had such a vital social agenda
-- tackling the "twin relics of barbarism" (slavery & polygamy)...
...and spent the rest of the 19th century making good on that social agenda!
(Unlike today's GoP...which is usually mostly all "talk" re: protecting the pre-born...and little actual action)
From the article: ...a rally in Indianapolis depicted Brigham Young with six wives fashionably dressed in hoop skirts "each with a little Brigham in their arms" occupying one parade wagon drawn by pioneer oxen. The parade...attracted...60,000...
Don't underestimate the 19th century grassroots. Just as Brigham Young was undercutting the fertility rate of his 57 wives to about one-child per wife -- and taking wives away from other men -- 19th century America realized what the Utah Mormons were doing and soundly opposed it.
In 1898, Utah (a new state then) sent a polygamous to Congress. (Or so they thought). B.H. Roberts was elected as a Utah Democrat to the House. But Roberts had taken on yet a third wife around 1893...three years AFTER the Mormon Manifesto which began to put brakes on polygamy.
Grassroots America erupted. They collected 7 million signatures on 28 banners objecting to seating Roberts as a Congressman and sent it to Congress, which, in turn, refused to seat Roberts and sent him packing.
So much about Mormon "scriptures" of that day saying they were to obey the law of the land!
That is cool my LDS ancestors voted for Fremont
Democrats for supporting legislation that in theory might allow the Utah Territory to favor plural marriage,
the Democrats and their push for devient sex...
if its not homosexuality and same sex marriage its adultery and polygamy...
Yes, the Dems have been anti-family for quite some time now.
Their advocacy/push for polygamy in the 19th century showed its true colors even back then! (And it was raced-laced or race-based politics that led them to a long lock on the Southern states for quite some time)
Women who found polygamy scandalous! may not have had the vote, but the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. What man would risk perpetual domestic disharmony over such an issue?
I must note that just because Republicans opposed slavery and polygamy, does not mean that Democrats married the issues in their campaigns either.
In fact the article states that they avoided supporting polygamy.
Wives tend to be pretty territorial when it comes to their man, and they would be at equal risk of domestic disharmony as any other fellow.
the “twin relics” slogan threw... Democrats back on their heels...they were no longer willing to help the Latter-day Saints...
Well something got them all cozy again...
120 years later the Mormons and Jimmy Carter were quite kissy face...
until Jimmy started pressuring the Mormons to change their racist doctrines against the blacks...
The Mormon were forced to in 1978 but they never forgave Jimmy...
They hated him more than they hated Republican Ronaldf Reagan...
They must have because why else would they desert their good buddy Jimmy and vote for the much hated Reagan in 1980 ???
Fickle thy name is Mormons...
No, it just meant that in 1856 the Dems were finally led to Duck the Mormon pursuits!
* See Opposition to Polygamy in the Postbellum South by Patrick Q. Mason (you can go to www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5044330810 where it mentioned "Many southern Democrats opposed federal anti-polygamy efforts in the 1860s and 1870s, citing the principle of popular sovereignty...")
* See also: "..the Mormons often found support on a national level from the states' rights Democratic Party. Southern Democrats in Congress had often opposed the coercive antipolygamy legislation of the 1870s and 1880s, seeing it as reminiscent of Congressional actions during the Reconstruction of the southern states."
Source: Chapter 8 of ... The Antipolygamy Controversy in U.S. Women's Movements, 1880-1925: A Debate... by Joan Iversen...
* See also: "Most Democrats still opposed the attempt to legislate against polygamy, and from 1875 to 1881, with Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, no additional legislation on polygamy was passed."
Source: Moral Reconstruction: Christian Lobbyists and the Federal Legislation of Morality, 1865-1920 by Gaines M. Foster, p. 55 (Foster specifically mentions 15 members of Congress at one point who were opposing antipolygamy legislation)
Carter - 33.6% - 182,110
Ford - 62.4% - 337,908
Other - 3.9% - 21,180
Carter - 33.6% - 182,110
Ford - 62.4% - 337,908
Other - 3.9% - 21,180
Tennessee Nana’s pronouncements about Mormonism are consistently bizarre (and entertaining). I’ve come to the conclusion that she just makes things up as she goes along.
She's working her way up to be a MORMON 'prophet'.
Girl; I’m TALKIN’ ‘bout you here!
Dear Ask Tommy,
Is it twoo that the mormon gods can change their minds at any time about eternal and forever doctrines ?
I’m wondering about the place of females in da church.
Dey Gotz Me Surrounded Here
While it is twoo that the mormnon gods did change their minds (err we call that revelation) about celestial marriage and blacks and the priesthood, they err it err she err he no I was right the first time THEY have not as yet given any direction on females
(I gather you mean the hallowed priesthood exclusive only to Mormon men)
As with other revelation, we are praying and praying that the Mormon gods will change their minds about including females in all things Mormon.
This praying and begging and gnashing of teeth has been going on I am sure since the first brave pioneers set out for zion-behind-the-rocky-curtain.
As yet there has been no answer to our ernest desire to include our sisters in the joys and blessings of the full gospel(trademark etc)
The other day there was one gentile female on FR, one of them Inwomen (Spit) who was said to be a prophet, but that would not be possible as I, Ask Tommy, am the only prophet of the mormon gods, and anyway she is just a female.
Dont forget to vote for Bishop Mitt and send in your tithes err donations.