In episode 34 of the Mormon Book Review, Kirk Caudle discusses the book Revelation, Resistance, and Mormon Polygamy: The Introduction and Implementation of the Principle, 1830–1853 with author Merina Smith. Smith situates Joseph Smith’s conception of marriage within wider 19th-century views of Christian marriage and explores some differences between Nauvoo polygamy and Utah polygamy.
Merina Smith graduated from the University of Colorado, raised five children, and then returned to graduate school to earn a PhD from the University of California at San Diego in 2011. She currently researches and writes as an independent historian. She resides in San Diego with her husband, legal scholar Steven Smith.
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