Year of Polygamy: Fanny Alger, Episode 01


Join Lindsay for the primer series on Mormon Polygamy that will begin with the wives of Joseph Smith and eventually broaden to contemporary strains of the practice today. This episode deals with Joseph’s first plural wife, Fanny Alger.

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8 thoughts on “Year of Polygamy: Fanny Alger, Episode 01

  1. Kudos to you for doing this. I started trying to review each of the wives of Joseph Smith on my blog, but I gave up because it is such a huge and emotional project. Thanks for working to educate us all.

  2. I love this series. I once had a Young Men’s leader mention that there were accusations that Joseph practiced polygamy but as I recall he kind of blew them off. I never really learned about these marriages until well into my adulthood. Thank you for getting the information out there for our knowledge and betterment.

  3. Good work, thank you. I only have one small clarification that is sometimes forgotten (not made clear in ISL). Fanny was taken in by Chauncey & Eliza Webb after leaving the Smith home, that is not contested as far as I know. The account of their daughter Ann Eliza is obviously 2nd hand, because Ann was born in September 1844 after Joseph was killed. I don’t think that discredits the account, her family was close to the situation, but I think knowing the context of the voice is important.

  4. I’ve listened to everything from Fanny Young up to the most current. I’m now going back to the beginning and I LOVE IT! Thank you for these. I can’t get enough.

  5. I’m about 122 episodes late to the party it seems, but I’m so glad this is here and you’re doing this. After working through those recent essays (still working – it’s a lot to take in that I was not aware of), I just can’t wave my hand and ignore the subject any more. It’s not pleasant or easy, but it’s important.

    As far as Fanny Alger goes, it’s kind of shame Arthur Miller’s The Crucible was not yet written. It may have been instructive in this situation! Though whether that’s for Fanny Alger or Joseph Smith I don’t know!

  6. Thank you for doing this. Lately it has really been bothering me that the church has stood by Joseph’s polygamy as being from God. It is so clear to me that the way polygamy was practiced was abusive and sexist. I wish the church would at least admit that the way it was implemented was not from God.

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