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  •  I should also mention that polygamy also had a (0+ / 0-)

    useful socialist value at the time of the big immigration waves.  

    Young women and girls whose male kin died enroute to the the Western territories were utterly without the economic rights and privileges afforded to men.

    But Mormons were flexible, rather than rejecting or prostituting single girls and women, polygamy provided a way for them to marry into the faith, and thus contribute progeny to the growing colony.

    It was a mechanism that kept control of the property and other economic assets in the hands of the "most faithful" men.

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