Wife No. 19

Wife No The story of a life in bondage being a complete expose of Mormonism and revealing the sorrows sacrifices and sufferings of women in polygamy by Brigham Young s apostate wife Born and reared in the

  • Title: Wife No. 19
  • Author: Ann Eliza Young
  • ISBN: 9780766140486
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • The story of a life in bondage, being a complete expose of Mormonism, and revealing the sorrows, sacrifices and sufferings of women in polygamy, by Brigham Young s apostate wife Born and reared in the midst of the Mormon people, it was inevitable that Mrs Young would accept their practices and beliefs After breaking away from the Mormon faith, she endeavored to expose eThe story of a life in bondage, being a complete expose of Mormonism, and revealing the sorrows, sacrifices and sufferings of women in polygamy, by Brigham Young s apostate wife Born and reared in the midst of the Mormon people, it was inevitable that Mrs Young would accept their practices and beliefs After breaking away from the Mormon faith, she endeavored to expose everything, to show the sorrows of the women she left behind This is her story, considered an important mission she had to carry out, as only could be written by one who spent her life immersed in Mormonism.

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    1. After reading The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff, I had to read this book. Ebershoff's book is a novel which parallels the stories of a modern-day fictional 19th wife of a polygamist and the historical 19th wife of Brigham Young, who divorced him and became an ardent foe of polygamy. She wrote a memoir in 1875 titled The 19th Wife. You can buy it, or download it in pdf form from Ebershoff's website (that is what I did). The downside to that is that you have to read it on the computer, and it's 600 [...]

    2. A real life horror story that claims to be a true account of early Mormonism by Brigham Young's 19th wife, Ann-Eliza Young. It is her story in her words - so the way she writes is old-fashioned as befits her era. Her story starts innocuously enough but by the end you can not believe what you have read. Her parents began their Mormon journey right from the beginning with Joseph Smith. This is not a neutral book, nor one that claims to be objective. She is a women who feels herself very wronged by [...]

    3. This book was a tad disturbing for me. I wouldn't say this book is anti-mormon but i would say that it paints a picture of life as a "saint" during the days of joseph and brigham in quite an unflattering/honest/painful/disturbing way.I really struggled with this book because i genuinely believe the author is telling the truth about her life and the lives of early mormon saints. i have read books by d. michael quinn that also portray early mormonism as problematic but somehow this books had a mor [...]

    4. Fascinating. It's like the LDS version of the FLDS "The Witness Wore Red". Ann Eliza Young grew to hate polygamy and Brigham Young, but she loved and respected most Mormons she'd grown up among - particularly her own sister wives and all of the women she so pitied who were living as polygamous wives. Ann Eliza genuinely suffered because of polygamy and she was not afraid to share the stories that were happening all around her as she was growing up in the earliest days of Utah's settlement. Most [...]

    5. The Kindle edition the book suffers from some major formatting problems. My guess is that large portions of this book were converted to digital text using OCR, which can often misread type so there are a LOT of instances of incorrect words and commas were all over the place (again, probably due to dust on the page). I appreciate the volunteers who assisted with the translation, so this isn't intended as a criticism, but know if you're reading it you'll need some patience.The story overall is fas [...]

    6. Really interesting. Ever talked to a person who is very bitter against the religion they grew up in? Ever listen to rants about hypocrisy, corruption, and plain evil found in the church their parents desperately want them to be a part of? Yeah Ann Eliza was defiantly pissed off at the Mormon church in her day. There is a lot of hyperbole here, she spares no insult or comparison when describing the evils of her husband and his influence over the church. Everything from calling him a devil, murder [...]

    7. I decided to read this after beginning The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. I was bothered that he chose to use his own words to tell Ann Eliza's story, and I wanted to see how it compared to her own narrative. He has a PDF of Wife No. 19 available for download on his site, so I decided to read it online. After reading it for myself, I understand why he chose to "re-write" her memoirs. Her account is long, quite wordy, often redundant, and extremely biased. I don't think she ever mentions Brigham Y [...]

    8. This was a fascinating story written in 1875 by a wife of Brigham Young. She was technically the 19th wife but in reality she was probably more like the 52nd. It is written from a Christian perspective. She came out of the darkness of Mormonism and embraced the true gospel. Feminists try to claim her but in reality she was a woman who had been set free from not only polygamist bondage but bondage to a false religion that kept her mind captive. She wanted to tell her story to the world and see ot [...]

    9. This is an autobiography of Brigham Young's plural wife Ann Eliza Webb, who left Utah and devoted the rest of her life to educating the public about the misery of living polygamy.Her 19th century story of escaping polygamy parallels the autobiographies of the women who escape the FLDS today.Interestingly, Ann's writings will be found in church publications as a witness to certain events. Apparently LDS historians find her to be a reliable source for those events that support the church's positio [...]

    10. I saw this book offered for free on and because I have known people who became Mormons, I was interested to hear the views of someone who lived through the early days of the church. You might safely say that after having grown up within the Mormon community and seen and experienced it at close hand, Ann Eliza was deeply affected by her experiences. Once she had safely escaped the clutches of the Mormons she spent her time giving lectures on the plight of Mormon women forced into polygamy. She d [...]

    11. I just finished reading this book tonight. It was a free downloadable from mazeministry/mormonism.I actually became interested in this when I saw the made for TV movie the 19th wife and wanted to read the truth behind the idea of the movie. This book is even mentioned in the movie.I found it interesting. I have often wondered what the mindset of the women were in polygamous relationships.I discovered that they were raised with these values in the same way baptists are raised to believe that danc [...]

    12. I used this book for my NHD project and found it very helpful. This book is by Ann Eliza Young who was Brigham Young, the second president of the LDS Church's, 19th wife. She writes about how her mother and father got into Mormonism, and how her mom was religiously persecuted for joining the new religion. She also writes about being born into Mormonism, and she writes about her life in polygamy leading to her leaving the Mormon church.I would recomend this book to people interested in reading ab [...]

    13. I feel that that Ann Eliza may have been a bit bitter when she wrote this book, and I read this with that in mind. However, this book jived with other books I have read about Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. They seemed to have had "revelations" to ensure their needs were met no matter the cost to others. The picture of Brigham Young as a pompous, self-serving ignorant lout agrees with other histories I have read. Ann is quoted as a witness in other Mormon documents, so obviously she was a reliab [...]

    14. Until I read this account I hadn't realised how much religious and social oppression existed in the early Mormon church, however I should mention straight away that this is in no way an indictment on the modern church. Born to Mormon parents in the early days of Joseph Smith, Ann Eliza Young chronicles not her upbringing in the church, highlighting the abuses by the religious leaders of their people. In particular, she explains in vivid detail the utter misery perpetrated on women and children b [...]

    15. Yes, it is incredibly biased. But, I do not think this makes her story any less valuable. I'm sure for some polygamy and polyandry wasn't as excruciating as she described, but from other sources and biographies-polygamy is across the board abhorrent. I grew up in the Mormon faith and was raised to praise men like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young for their contributions, but after reading this book I can't believe how they can still have a college named in Brigham Young's honor. Whether you choose [...]

    16. I read this book and was disgusted on the bitterapes that was manifested in Eliza’s story. As someone who has studied polygamy I know this was a far from perfect way of life but unfortunately necessary in the very early days of the church. Many husbandless women needed protection and care. Eliza obviously didn’t have her expectations met by a prophet who was trying to manage a growing church, saints who were struggling to survive and the colonization of a vast country. I feel she thought the [...]

    17. Ann describes a world of torture, destitution, and enslavement of women under the leadership of Bingham Young within the Morman 'celestial' marriages. Bigotry caused the suffering of thousands of women. If any of these women spoke up or happened to be happy in a monogamous marriage, one or both dissidents were soon found dead. Supposedly killed by Indians. Ann was born and raised in Mormonism. She witnessed the pain her mother suffered as her father brought home wife after wife after wife. She w [...]

    18. I read the kindle version. many typos. Eliza hates Brigham Young, that is perfectly clear and was very unhappy. Most of her stories were handed down to her from various people, some who witnessed the actual happenings, but usually had just heard about them. So, I take the story with a grain of salt. early in the history of the church, bad things happened and from other histories, Brigham was no saint and many charlatans and cheats were drawn to the church. From what I've read this happen es a lo [...]

    19. I know this is a book filled with controversy for some people, but I feel that Mrs. Young had been in a stressful, abusive lifestyle and wanted to share what her perspective is as a plural wife and daughter of polygamy and the LDS early culture. I find polygamy hurtful and painful to the women, and some men I guess (if they have empathy for their women). I am very interested in the secrets that the mormon culture covered up for so long and how they tried to silence (and did silence) many of thei [...]

    20. Some Timeless History But Sometimes Tedious Exceptionally detailed account of the deceptive foundation of Mormonism. Eliza reveals how Joseph Smith and Brigham Young are responsible for the much death and misery that wrought the beginnings of the church.I would have liked more personal stories of her household. Maybe there were too few stories of joy in the household but I itched for a couple more.Less detail on Blood Atonement would have also improved the accounting.

    21. Interesting insightVery well written and, unfortunately, a true story. Information that is not freely given, but controls many people’s lives. Sad.

    22. The Utah State Library book discussion for September is on The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice on the Warren Jeffs FLDS cult. As background, in addition to some other books on the FLDS (e.g. Escape by Carolyn Jessop) I decided to read this account by the original 19th wife, who escaped from her prophet-husband Brigham Young in the nineteenth century heyday of polygamy in Utah.Ann Eliza Young was writing a frankly polemical book against the Mormon Ch [...]

    23. This particular version of the original 1875 text has a number of typos (due to, I assume, the Kindle version), but it is easy to get beyond that. At once the reader of this volume is gripped, shocked, repulsed, and often horrified at the vile and wicked acts of the early founders of Mormonism. It is said that, in this time period, the two largest issues facing the Republican Party under the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln, were slavery and the polygamy of the Mormons in the Utah Territo [...]

    24. Wife No. 19 was originally published in 1875. Ann Eliza Young was Brigham Young’s 19th wife. The book is an expose of Mormonism and the life of bondage that the practice of polygamy forced women to endure.I thought this book would be an interesting read because polygamy has, in recent years, become a topic open for discussion. On one hand there are TV shows like “Sister Wives” portraying polygamy as a valid lifestyle. On the other hand we have stories of Warren Jeffs and his absolute dicta [...]

    25. This book was characteristic of anti-polygamy memoirs at the time of its publication. Similar efforts were cited as the primary reason for the rise of organized public opposition to Mormon polygamy in the mid-1800's.Even by contemporary standards, the writing is stilted and dull. An aggressive editor could easily cut out 95% of the text, and still retain everything of real interest to a modern reader.For the most part, this book is an impassioned series of first, second, and thirdhand stories ab [...]

    26. My first question upon finishing Wife No. 19" is: where was the editor? Tho is the story of a young woman raised in the Mormon church in its early days, and is truly a scathing indictment of polygamy & of the church itself when establishing itself in Utah territory. Brigham Young himself bears much of Ms. Young's wrath and responsibility for the evils present in the Church. However, Ms. Young really makes the same points over and over; some chapters really feel like they are in the wrong pla [...]

    27. Last year I read a bunch of books about the horrors of the FLDS, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They are an offshoot of Mormonism that still believes in polygamy. While watching a movie about them this book was mentioned and I thought I'd check it out.The horrors of the early day Mormon church are staggering. I can't imagine many would embrace Mormonism if they knew the truth about Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.While I was reading this book I read some of the re [...]

    28. I decided to read this after reading "The 19th Wife," which contained a lot of Ann Eliza Young's story in it.I found I was partially distracted by the changes the author of "The 19th Wife" made to her story as I read "Wife No. 19." The entire story is presented in a very one-sided, yet believable, way. If you want to read about early Utah Mormonism (Brighamite) and polygamy prior to the railroad connecting Utah to the "Gentile World," I suggest this book. The story does seem to jump around a bit [...]

    29. This is not a "faithful history" of Mormonism, in fact, the old cliche of "Hell hath no fury . . ." came to mind repeatedly as I read this memoir. An embittered tale of settling in early Utah under the Polygamous system for which Mormons are famous. It is clear the 19th wife (and later divorced) of Brigham Young has some harsh feelings and an agenda. While I don't doubt her sincerity in retelling some of her experiences, a quick internet search will reveal that some of the events and situations [...]

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