The Anti-Polygamy Society was established in 1878 to try to encourage Congress to abolish the practice of plural marriage tn Utah Territory. In the brief time that it existed, the women of this Utah-based group sent petitions, circulars, and letters to Congress and many leaders of the country urging that laws be passed to end polygamy. Much of their work was also carried out in the society's newspaper, the Anti-polygamy Standard.
By the time that laws were passed that restricted polygamy, the Anti-polygamy Society no longer existed. Nonetheless, the society was important in the anti-polygamy crusade because it was responsible for starting the movement that finally ended polygamy.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; History
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hayward, Barbara, "Utah's Anti-Polygamy Society, 1878-1884" (1980). Theses and Dissertations. 4779.
Anti-Polygamy Society, Mormons, Polygamy, Women, Utah