Voting rights & plural marriage: The Utah Story

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Voting rights & plural marriage: The Utah Story

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In Utah, suffrage was politically entwined w/polygamy. Women 1st voted in 1870, when UT was a territory seeking to preserve plural marriage vs a hostile federal govt. Giving women the vote demonstrated their independence while enlisting them in defense of Mormon self-governance.

@USNatArchives In 1887, Congress outlawed plural marriage + also revoked woman suffrage in the Utah territory. So much for their concern about women's well-being. Utah women didn't get the vote back until statehood, which happened only after the LDS church renounced plural marriage.

Utah entered the Union with woman suffrage in its constitution in 1896. #StateOfTheWeek I'm hoping some #LDSwomen @TheExponent & elsewhere can chime in w/more historical perspective. 

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Daily Suffragist

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27/09/2019

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Daily Suffragist, “Voting rights & plural marriage: The Utah Story,” Daily Suffragist, accessed October 16, 2021, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/75.

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